How much time is taken by the SC for taking up admitted cases for hearing?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Supreme Court of India seeking information relating to the number of cases admitted and disposed of during the preceding 12 months and the time taken for taking up admitted cases for hearing. He also referred to a case of the Reliance Industries Ltd v/s Reliance Natural Resources Ltd and wanted to know if this case had been given any precedence over other cases. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided the statistical details about the number of cases admitted and disposed off for the said period. For the remaining queries, the PIO referred the appellant to the Supreme Court of India Practice and Procedure: a Handbook of Information, available in the Supreme Court website.
During the hearing the before Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondent explained that queries such as the average time taken for cases to come up for hearing or whether the cases admitted were being heard on a daily basis could not be answered by the PIO because there was no material record containing such information. Regarding the Reliance Industries Ltd v/s Reliance Natural Resources Ltd case, the respondent submitted that it was pending at the time of the RTI application but had since been disposed of by the court and the order would be available in the Supreme Court website.
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The Commission rejected the appeal observing that the material record available has been provided and there is no further information to be disclosed.
Citation: Mr. Kishanlal Mittal v. Supreme Court of India in File No. CIC/WB/A/2010/000173SM
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1213
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