Courts, Judges and RTI

A brief glance at the assets of Supreme Court judges on-http://www.supremecourtofindia.nic.in/assets.htm highlights two important points:

1. There is no mention of the value of the assets of judges on a specific date.  Information concerning assets is only useful if we are able to keep track of the increase/decrease in personal incomes over a period of time.

2. Since the information put up on the website is voluntary, some of the judges have declared the assets owned by their spouses, while the others have not.  This gives rise to a larger question whether the income of the spouse should also be up in the first place.

Also, costs of filing RTIs in High Courts are very very high compared to other public institutions.  It costs Rs. 500 to file an RTI application in the Allahabad High Court!!  What use is the right to information when High Courts, the guardians of the rule of law, try to dilute the effect of the law on themselves?

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    1. Filing costs for most other institutions are around Rs. 10/-. Most institutions are free to prescribe their own filing costs, but they keep it low. People with BPL cards do not have to pay filing charges at all.

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