Notes of judges’ stenos don’t come under RTI: HC

New Delhi- On Monday, the notes imposed by a judge to a stenographer during the hearing of a report
By: Admin | Update: 2016-10-12 14:57:20

Notes of judges’ stenos don’t come under RTI: HC

New Delhi- On Monday, the notes imposed by a judge to a stenographer during the hearing of a report would not be treated as a record. The report was held by a public authority and therefore cannot be sought under the Right to Information Act, informed by the Delhi High Court.

Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva claimed that short hand notebook can at perfect be considered as a memo of what is imposed to a steno to be later translated into a draft judgment or an order.

He also said that when draft amendment and order do not form part of a record held by a public authority, a shorthand note book which is memo of what is imposed and which would later be typed to become a draft amendment or an order can certainly not be held to be report held by a public authority.

The court additional simplified that shorthand note books were not saved and cannot be equated with an amendment or an order, which forms part of the judicial report. The governing came in a judgement dismissing the appeal of a man desiring copies of the shorthand note books in which the stenographer takes imposed of the court.

The court hold the 7th March order of Central Information Commission (CIC) by which appellant Tapan Choudhury was refused copies of shorthand notes taken in the high court on 27th May, 2013.

The appellant was refused the fact by the Public Information Officer of the high court which claimed that shorthand notes were not received. The first petitioner authority had also said that no such report was maintained and thus the same cannot be furnished to the appellant.

The Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva in his agreement also build on a full bench amendment of the high court, which had controlled that even draft judgments signed and changed are not to be treated as final amendment but only a unsettled view liable to change.

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