CJI, SC judges make their assets public

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K G Balakrishnan
New Dehi, Nov 3: Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan and 20 other judges of the Supreme Court on Monday evening, Nov 2 finally made their assets public by posting on a official website.

The Supreme Court judges made their assets public after the Delhi High Court on Sep 2 held that the office of the CJI under the RTI Act and disclosure of assets of the apex court judges to him could be made public.

"We are strictly following the May 7, 1997 resolution. The only thing is that we are not disclosing it to the public. Now because of the changed circumstances, we will put it on the website," Balakrishnan had said.

According to him, the disclosure would be strictly in accordance with the 1997 resolution and the assets relating to real estate and investments made even in the name of dependents would be put on the website.

The assets declared by Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan were around Rs18 lakhs, including his two-bedroom flat in Ernakulam worth Rs 5.75 lakh, his vacant residential plot in Faridabad measuring 444.44 sq yard valued at 4.50 lakh, and his native house in Thrikkakara South village in Kerala, the website said.

The CJI also declared other landed properties in Kerala, worth Rs 3.5 lakh and Rs 4.33 lakh. He said his wife has gold jewellery weighing 20 sovereigns and an old Santro car of 2000.

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