Monday, October 10, 2016

Notes of judges' stenos don't come under RTI Delhi High court - lawyers Strike

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

Notes dictated by a judge to a stenographer during the hearing of a case would not be considered as a record held by a public authority and hence cannot be sought under the Right to Information Act, the Delhi High Court has ruled.

“Shorthand notebook can at best be treated as a memo of what is dictated to a steno to be later transcribed into a draft judgement or an order. When draft judgements and order do not form part of a ‘record’ held by a public authority, a shorthand note book which is memo of what is dictated and which would later be typed to become a draft judgement or an order can certainly not be held to be ‘record’ held by a public authority,” Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said.

The court further clarified that shorthand note books were not retained and cannot be equated with a judgement or an order, which forms part of the judicial record.
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