New Delhi, Sep 25 (PTI) The Central Information Commission has acknowledged differences between RTI Act and the Supreme Court in practices and procedures when it comes to accessing judicial files but said there is no "inherent inconsistency" between the two regarding disclosure of information in the files.
"...Neither provision (Supreme Court rules and Right to Information Act) prohibits or forbids dissemination of infomation or grant of copies of records," Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said while hearing an RTI plea of Delhi-based advocate Manish Kumar Khanna who sought access to court files relating to death sentences passed or upheld by the apex court.
Khanna, moved his application before the Commission after the apex court, though allowing him access to the records, said the judicial files were voluminous and hence could not be provided in a set of documents arranged case-wise, alongwith the list of counsels and other relevant details.
He also questioned the Supreme Court's decision to charge him the cost for supplying the documents although the RTI Act is clear that the information was to be provided free in case it was not given within the stipulated time limit.
The apex court, on the other hand, contended that an applicant was supposed to pay for inspection or issuance of judicial files as per the Supreme Court Rules, 1966. (MORE) The Commission, which has asked the apex court to arrange for the inspection within 15 days, said there was no "inherent inconsistency" between the SC Rules and the RTI Act and the difference was only with respect to certain practices and procedures. PTI