Amidst the raging clamour for disclosure of assets by judges,Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan on Friday made it clear that it was up to the judges to make public their wealth and it was not an issue of his willingness.
It is not a question of my willingness. If any judge wants to disclose he is welcome to do it, he told reporters when asked whether he had any objection if any judge was willing to voluntarily disclose his assets.
Some of the judges are believed to have insisted that the judges should make public their assets to set an example,while some others were of the view that they should go by the existing practice of disclosing their wealth to their respective Chief Justices.
The CJI said that the apex court judges would be meeting to discuss the issue but did not elaborate on when it would take place.
There are so many problems that are discussed. We should be discussing that issue also (assets), the Chief Justice remarked when asked by reporters whether there would be any meeting to discuss the controversial matter.
The Delhi High Court had on January 19 stayed an order passed by the Central Information Commission asking the Supreme Court’s information officer to give information to an RTI applicant on whether judges of the apex court have declared their assets to the CJI.