CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA UNDER RIGHT TO INFORMATION – DELHI HIGH COURT DISMISSES THE APPEAL OF REGISTRAR GENERAL OF SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
EPILOGUE OF THE JUDGMENT WHICH DISMISSED APPEAL OF REGISTRAR GENERAL OF SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
It was Edmund Burke who observed that “All persons possessing a portion of power ought to be strongly and awfully impressed with an idea that they act in trust and that they are to account for their conduct in that trust.” Accountability of the Judiciary cannot be seen in isolation. It must be viewed in the context of a general trend to render governors answerable to the people in ways that are transparent, accessible and effective. Behind this notion is a concept that the wielders of power – legislative, executive and judicial – are entrusted to perform their functions on condition that they account for their stewardship to the people who authorize them to exercise such power. Well defined and publicly known standards and procedures complement, rather than diminish, the notion of judicial independence. Democracy expects openness and openness is concomitant of free society. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.
We are satisfied that the impugned order of the learned single Judge is both proper and valid and needs no interference. The appeal is accordingly dismissed.