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Plea in HC on money spent on medical reimbursement of SC judges

Delhi High Court was on Tuesday moved by an RTI applicant challenging its order exempting medical reimbursements of Supreme Court judges from disclosure under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The petition, which was listed before a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, was not taken up as the bench did not assemble.

The petition has sought setting aside of the High Court’s December 19, 2014, order of a single judge who had held that disclosure of the medical reimbursements would not serve any public interest and was thus exempt from the Act’s purview.

The court had also held that the information sought was of a personal nature and held the Central Information Commission’s (CIC) order as “erroneous”.

The petitioner, Subhash Chandra Agarwal, has contended that “salaries, pensions and allowances payable to or in respect of judges of Supreme Court are to be charged under the Consolidated Fund of India”, as per the Constitution.

“Therefore, source of reimbursement money of the medical bills of Supreme Court judges comes from the hard-earned money of citizens as taxpayers,” the petition filed through advocate Prashant Bhushan said.

Agarwal has also contended that “information pertaining to expenditure of public money on public servants cannot be exempted from disclosure under RTI”.

He said that he has not sought information regarding the illness or medical treatment of the judges, but only the amount spent on the same. 
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