Thursday, July 2, 2015

SC refuses to divulge medical expense of judges

The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to entertain a petition seeking disclosure of medical expenses incurred by judges and their family members under Right to Information Act.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu said if the SC today allows such a plea then tomorrow there would be another RTI plea asking for details of medicines consumed by the judges.

"Once people know the medicines, it will be easy to infer what ailments are being suffered by judges and that will be serious invasion into their privacy", the bench said and dismissed the petition filed by RTI activist Subhash Agrawal.

Petitioner's counsel Prashant Bhushan said this would send a wrong message to public that judiciary passes good orders to bring transparency in politics and bureucracy but divulges little when it comes to judges.

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