Can matters pending in Supreme Court be revealed?
The Appellant sought the copies of several documents relating to the representation of the Chairman and Members of the Haryana Public Service Commission. The PIO informed that no information could be given since the matter was pending before the Supreme Court on a Presidential reference.
View of the CIC
The Commission held that the desired information should have been disclosed since there was no express direction from the Supreme Court not to disclose the information until further orders. In any case, as reported by the Respondents, the matter has since been decided by the Supreme Court and nothing is pending. During the hearing the appellant was absent and it was observed that there is no such instruction from the Supreme Court to deny for any such details which is pending in the Court till further order. The CIC ordered the PIO to provide all the details within 10 days of the order.
Pendency of a case before a court of law is not a ground listed in Section 8 of the RTI Act for denying any information.
Citation: Shri Aditya K Chaudhary v. Department of Personal and Training in File No: CIC/WB/A/2010/000589SM