CJI's office comes under ambit of RTI Act: Apex Court

The office of the Chief Justice of India is a public authority and falls under the ambit of Right to Information Act, the Supreme Court ruled.

The apex court, however, said that the right to privacy and confidentiality is an important aspect and has to be balanced while taking a decision on giving out information from the CJI's office.

The order was passed by a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

Other members of the bench are Justices N.V Ramana, D.Y Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.

Cautioning that RTI cannot be used as tool of surveillance, the top court held that judicial independence has to be kept in mind while dealing with transparency.