The Supreme Court, which is a public body under the transparency law, will soon have an online Right To Information (RTI) gateway to make it easier for individuals to access information about the top court.
During a public information lawsuit (PIL) hearing on Friday, a bench presided over by justice Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud disclosed that work was still being done to build up the RTI portal. The PIL sought a method for submitting RTI applications online. RTI requests for the Supreme Court must currently be sent via postal mail.
We are addressing it (the portal). It's almost finished. The bench, which also included justice Hima Kohli, told attorney Prashant Bhushan that it was a highly valuable item.
The top court is a public authority under the RTI law, thus Bhushan was advocating on behalf of two law students by requesting the creation of an online RTI portal for the court.
Justice Chandrachud was eager to remind out that the project is already beginning as soon as Bhushan began presenting his arguments. Let's revisit it in four to six weeks. The portal is nearly complete. Since I'm a member of the e-committee as well, the high courts can also model things after it, the judge noted in November.