The matter came up for hearing before a bench of justices Arun Mishra and Navin Sinha and the court said it would hear the case in July since both Venugopal and Bhushan were arguing in another matter before a Constitution bench.
Justice K M Joseph, sharing a bench with Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul, said: “Even in the case of those institutions which are not covered (by the RTI Act), if information is asked for in respect of corruption or human rights, they are bound to give them.”
The affidavit was filed exactly a week after Attorney General K K Venugopal, making submissions in the Supreme Court, threatened to invoke the Official Secrets Act and initiate “criminal action” against two publications and a lawyer.
Former Union minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said, "On Wednesday, the Official Secrets Act was shown to the newspaper. On Friday, the Olive Branches Act was shown. We salute common sense."
A bench comprising justices A K Sikri, S A Bobde and Ashok Bhushan heard the plea and contended that the petitioners must postpone the Karnataka Assembly floor test if they wish to go into the suitability of Bopaiah.
Earlier this month, a bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan had decided to examine Bhushan's PIL and had sought the assistance of A-G Venugopal as well as Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.
When asked if he has met any of the judges, Venugopal said "nobody at all", including the Chief Justice. He added that all the four senior-most judges had held their courts today and conducted routine work.
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