RTI – Judges’ assets declaration case

The appeal filed by the Supreme Court against the of the decision of the Central Information Commission in the judges’ assets declaration case has been discussed on this blog here and here. In this article in the Frontline, I have discussed some problems with the Supreme Court’s position. Full texts of the decision, the appeal filed by the SC and the Written Submissions filed by the first Respondent in this case may interest our readers.

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Amit Bindal
Amit Bindal
12 years ago

The voluntary resolution of judges may not have legitimacy in the strict Kelsenite terms- as there doesn’t exist any higher norm which may possibly be used for the enforcement of such resolution. However, in old Weberian sense it asserts a kind of ‘social legitimacy’. Thus, within the community consciousness such resolution does have a legitimacy. And the failure of the court to adhere to it hampers and dampens the ‘social legitimacy’ of the apex court itself.

At another level one need to ask the question that if such resolution has no legal force at all, then, were the “justices” on some kind of high tea while making such resolutions. How do they cull out time for such empty resolutions when the docket explosion stares in the face of the nation.

Lastly, the little care which the judiciary, as an institution, shows towards their own ‘voluntary’ resolutions also make one suspect of the respect they hold for the resolution which the Preamble of the Constitution ordains them to adhere to!