Upholding the 2010 Delhi High Court verdict, the Supreme Court Wednesday ruled that the office of the Cheif Justice of India is a public authority under RTI. A Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and including Justice N V Ramana, Justice D Y Chandrachud, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said judicial independence had to be kept in mind while dealing with transparency.
In another judgment, the Supreme Court struck down rules in the amended Finance Act 2017 on tribunals and directed the government to reformulate fresh norms with respect to the appointment of tribunal members. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi directed the Ministry of law to conduct an impact study and submit a report to the apex court.
The apex court Wednesday upheld the Karnataka Speaker’s decision to disqualify 17 MLAs from the 16th Legislative Assembly in July this year. A three-judge bench of Justices N V Ramana, Sanjiv Khanna and Krishna Murari, however, said the Speaker was not empowered the disqualify the MLAs till the end of the term, thereby allowing them to contest the upcoming bye-elections on December 5.
The Court will pronounce its verdicts on the Rafale and Sabarimala review petitions on Thursday.