Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Academic record of SC judges unavailable

Academic record of SC judges unavailable, RTI applicant told

Agencies Posted: Oct 01, 2008 at 1552 hrs IST

New Delhi, October 1: How much did the Chief Justice of India score in his law degree exam? Or, what was the academic performance of sitting Delhi High Court judges as students?

Questions like these may, perhaps, never get answered through RTI applications. The ministry of law and justice and the Supreme Court have no records on the educational qualification of judges.

This is what Dev Ashish Bhattacharya realised when he drew a blank on his RTI application. He wanted to know the percentage of marks obtained by sitting Supreme Court and Delhi High Court judges in their Class X, graduation and Law degree exam.

Bhattacharya had asked whether department of justice collects these documents during the judges' selection process and gets them verified from the respective educational boards and universities.

The department said the process of initiation of proposal for appointment of a judge of the Supreme Court lies with the Chief Justice of India and for appointment of a High Court Judge it lies with the Chief Justice of that High Court.

Transferring the application to information officers of Supreme Court and Delhi High Court, the department official said it neither gets the certificates verified from educational institutions nor any record is maintained in this regard.

The Delhi High Court in its reply said that the selection process does not require furnishing of or calling for the details of marks obtained by the candidate in matriculation, graduation and law degree hence no record was available.

The apex court Registry also denied having any such record and said that appointment of Supreme Court and High Court judges is made by the President and such matters are not handled by it.

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