3-judge Delhi HC bench to hear RTI on apex court

3-judge Delhi HC bench to hear RTI on apex court

A bench comprising Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Murlidhar fixed November 12 and 13 for deciding the appeal and directed listing of the matter on those two days for arguments. The court did not pass a stay order on the single judge bench verdict of September 2 after the Supreme Court registry did not press for it.

The High Court in its September 2 verdict on the controversial issue held that the Chief Justice of India was a public authority and his office came within the purview of the transparency law.

Karan Johar case

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court said it could not give an early hearing to a petition by noted Hindi filmmaker Karan Johar seeking quashing of a criminal case against him for allegedly insulting the national anthem in his film ‘Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham’.

A bench headed by Justice B N Agrawal on Wednesday said the director should have appeared before the trial court judge in Lucknow who had issued summons to him in the case which related to his film ‘Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Gham’ in which the national anthem was sung by some actors in the film.

The apex court while declining an early hearing said the matter would come up for hearing in due course of time. The Allahabad High Court had earlier dismissed Johar’s plea for quashing of the case, after which he has approached the apex court seeking an early hearing of the matter.