A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on a plea challenging the Delhi High Court’s decision on the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The court will also give its verdict in disqualification of 17 Karnataka MLAs and the constitutional validity of the Finance Act, 2017 today.
The petition against the Delhi high court ruling of 2010 that directed the secretary-general of the top court to disclose details of the assets of judges sought by RTI activist SC Agarwal was filed by the Central Public Information Officer of the Supreme Court.
“The RTI Act merely recognises the constitutional right of citizens of our nation to freedom of speech and expression. Independence of judiciary forms a mere part of the basic structure of the Constitution. The independence of the judiciary and fundamental right to free speech and expression are of great value and both are required to be balanced. The current debate is a sign of a healthy nation of course," said a three-judge bench of the Delhi high court.
The judgement of the case will be at 2 PM. The five bench constitutes Justices NV Ramana, DY Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.
As per reports, the Attorney General of India KK Venugopal claimed that full transparency will affect judicial independence and details pertaining to judges should not be made public.
The notice regarding the pronouncement of the judgement of all three cases was made public on the official website of the Supreme Court on Tuesday afternoon.
The petition challenging the disqualification of 17 Karnataka MLAs before the trust vote moved by the previous HD Kumaraswamy government will also pronounce today.
The case revolves around sixteen lawmakers of Congress-JDS coalition and two independent legislators who submitted their resignation before the speaker. The rebel lawmakers asserted that the speaker was trying to save the Government because if the resignations are accepted, the coalition's 118 members will come down to 100.