Topic: Right to Information.
7) The recent judgment of the Supreme Court that brings the office of Chief Justice of India under the realm of the Right to Information Act will boost the people’s pursuit for transparency and accountability. Elucidate.(250 words)
Why this question:
Recently, the Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court of India (SC) ruled that the office of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) would come under the ambit of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act), as CJI is a public authority under the RTI Act.
Key demand of the question:
One explain in what way coming of CJI in the ambit of RTI is going to ensure more faith and trust among the people in the aspects of transparency and accountability.
Elucidate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
In brief highlight the significance of the verdict.
Highlight the importance of RTI in general.
Discuss that the judgment opens the doors for enhanced transparency in the judiciary as earlier higher judiciary in India has been criticized for its opaqueness under the doctrine of judicial independence.
Explain the possible challenges involved in bringing judiciary under RTI.
Conclude that RTI Act is a strong weapon that enhances accountability, citizen activism and, consequently, participative democracy. In this context, the judgment can give a fillip to people’s quest for transparency and accountability.