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Independence Sans Accountability: A Case for Right to Information Against the Indian Judiciary

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dc.contributor.author Routh, Supriya
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-29T22:18:40Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-29T22:18:40Z
dc.date.copyright 2014 en_US
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Routh, S. (2014). Independence sans accountability: case for right to information against the indian judiciary. Washington University Global Studies Law Review, 13(2), 321-352. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/11345
dc.description.abstract The Indian Supreme Court may be standing at a historic juncture where it could throw open the doors to the public to question its accountability by disclosing information pertaining to the assets and interests of the judges of the higher judiciary. The Supreme Court, however, seems reluctant to bring the higher judiciary under the purview of the Right to Information Act. A tussle has already emerged between the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court, with the former seeking to bring the higher judiciary under the information law and justifying the need for disclosure of assets of the judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts. The Supreme Court has been resisting the disclosure of such information on grounds of independence, confidentiality, and possible breach of fiduciary duty. In this Article, I chart the recent tussle and discuss the present law regarding the Right to Information in the country, specifically the exemptions to the general rule of disclosure, and examine the Supreme Court’s position. I analyze whether disclosure of assets and other interests of judges of the higher judiciary adversely affects the independence of the judiciary. I argue that in order to maintain the people’s faith in the judiciary and to promote democratically grounded judicial independence, it is imperative for the higher judiciary to adopt transparency in its functioning and salvage its reputation before the people’s confidence in it withers away forever. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Washington University Global Studies Law Review en_US
dc.title Independence Sans Accountability: A Case for Right to Information Against the Indian Judiciary en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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