Judicial proceedings and records are public records, can be accessed through RTI

Central Information Commission: The Commission recently held that judicial proceedings and records thereof are public records and the appellant has a right to secure desired information. The appellant had sought information of some proceedings to which he himself was not a party, seeking copy of response filed in a complaint against the management of Redeemed Christian Church of God, Janakpuri, before the MM, Karkardooma Court.

Clearly rejecting the respondent’s contention that appellant was not one of the parties to the dispute concerned, Information Commissioner Yashovardhan Azad directed the PIO to offer inspection of the judicial file to the appellant on a mutual convenient day and time. The Commission also observed that the applicant shall be entitled to avail copies from the record upon payment of usual charges. [YN Prasad v. PIO, Alhmad Evening Court, F.No. CIC/DSESJ/A/2016/305423, decided on 16.10.2017 ]

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