Why does the SC use the line “Yatodharma Stato Jaya” in its logo?
Hearing an appeal filed by RTI applicant Rahul Mohod, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to disclose the reasons behind adopting the line "Yatodharma Stato Jaya" in its logo under the Lion Capital of Ashoka.
An application was filed under the RTI Act seeking to know the basis, such as any enactment, guidelines, notification or regulation, for the expression "Yatodharma Stato Jaya" appearing underneath the Lion Capital of Ashoka. In the logo of SC, there is no "Satyamev Jayate" under the Lion Capital of Ashoka which exists under the National emblem. It is replaced by the line "Yatodharma Stato Jaya". The applicant claimed that as the Supreme Court of India had chosen for its logo a different expression from what the Government of India had adopted (Satyamev Jayate) for the National Emblem, there must be some record of it. As the applicant was not satisfied with the reply of the Public Information Officer (PIO) and the First Appellate Authority (FAA), he approached the CIC through an appeal.
The CIC directed to find the copy of the relevant authority for adoption of the particular expression as a part of the Supreme Court logo.