SC collegium considering use of blog and twitter by judges
New Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI)
The Supreme Court collegium is considering whether the issue of some High Court judges airing their views through blogs and twitter is against the code of conduct for judiciary.
The disclosure was made by Law Ministry which provided its correspondence, in an RTI reply, with the Supreme Court on a Parliament question in which an MP had asked whether the Government of India was aware that some High Court judges were airing their voice through blogs and twitter.
The MP had also sought to know if the practice was against the code of conduct of judiciary and, if so, what preventive measures were being taken to check this trend. The Law Ministry to whom these question were directed forwarded them to Supreme Court. The apex court in its reply to the ministry said it was for the government to answer the first part which said whether Government of India was aware that at present some High Court judges are airing their voice through blogs and twitter.
For the remaining part, the Supreme Court said, "the matter is being considered by the Collegium in the light of the Resolution ib "Restatement of Values of Judicial Life" as adopted by the Supreme Court in the Full Court meeting held on May 7, 1997."
While the Law Ministry made its correspondence with the Supreme Court available to activist S C Agrawal but when he posed the same questions before apex court the RTI application was rejected by the Central Public Information Officer. "Information in the nature sought by you are confidential and are exempted under section 8(1)(c) of the Right to Information Act 2005, and you have no right to access such information...Besides the information is not held by or under the control of the CPIO, Supreme Court of India," Smita Vats Sharma, Central Public Information Officer said.
The section cited by the CPIO exempts from disclosure the information which would cause a breach of privilege of Parliament or the State Legislature.