Sangeetha Pulapaka

Recently, an FIR was filed against a retired judge of the Orissa High Court over allegations of bribery to settle a medical college recognition case in the Supreme Court..The FIR was filed in the Prasad Education Trust Case headed by Chief Justice of India Deepak Misra.The petitioner demanded that CJI stay away from taking any judicial or administrative decision.This led to extraordinary accusations of misconduct against India’s most senior judge and corruption in judiciary.

What is Judicial Corruption?

Corruption is a form of dishonest or unethical conduct by a person entrusted with a position of authority, often to acquire personal benefit. Corruption may include many activities including bribery and embezzlement.Judicial corruption is inimical to judicial independence and to the constitutionally desired social order.

The Right to Information Act - The participants of this democratic system of India i.e. citizens have a right to know what, how and why of any decision, changes or continuity regarding or of its functioning. Right to Information is a Fundamental Right and is guaranteed as per Article 19 and 21 of the Constitution of India and was enacted by Parliament of India in 2005. This research paper will discuss in detail the attitude of judiciary particularly in Supreme Court and several High Courts and that of Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions towards Right to Information. This part of research also looks into the implementation and impact of RTI on Judiciary; whether it was a regressive or progressive legislative change. With the changing time and laws people are becoming more aware of their rights; and with more awareness of Right to Information people have started questioning judiciary on more number of aspects; so this research paper discusses about all such issues which is raised in courts due to RTI and whether officials like bureaucrats, politicians and especially the judges follow RTI rules or not; also tells about the tussle going on between judiciary and various commissions made for RTI. Also there is a comparison as regards to situation in other countries and what are the rules framed by other countries so as to maintain the transparency and accountability in the country. There is also the solution provided to these issues arising in this democratic country as to how to make judiciary follow RTI rules and how to make them accountable and whether Supreme Court should come under RTI or not.