High Court Judges' Salary and Allowances Information Can't Be Disclosed Under RTI Act's Section 4(1)(B)(X): Gujarat HC
29-Jan-2023 | Article by Legal White Official
The judges of the High Court hold a constitutional post and the information regarding their salary and allowances cannot be disclosed, according to a ruling by the Gujarat High Court. The court cited Section 4(1)(B)(X) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act as the reason for the decision.
This decision emphasizes the importance of protecting the privacy and confidentiality of High Court judges, who hold a crucial role in the administration of justice. The RTI Act provides a means for citizens to access information held by the government, but exceptions are made in cases where disclosure would harm the public interest.
The Gujarat High Court's decision reinforces the principle that the privacy of individuals, including public servants, must be respected, even as the RTI Act remains an important tool for ensuring transparency and accountability in government.
This ruling serves as a reminder that the RTI Act must be applied in a manner that balances the right to access information with the need to protect individual privacy and confidentiality. The High Court's decision underscores the importance of maintaining the independence and impartiality of the judiciary, which is essential for the effective functioning of the justice system.