Initially, the information was denied in an order passed on September 3, 2019. He challenged the same before an appellate authority under the RTI Act, which came to be dismissed on October 1, 2019.
The appellate authority in its orders stated that the advocate had no right under the 2005 Act to seek such third-party information. It stated that the information sought was personal in nature, and that Vashishth had failed to explain how disclosure of such information would serve any public interest.
Subsequently, Vashishth moved the CIC in December 2019, which held on February 8 this year that the decision to deny information related to complaints against judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court since 2009 was not legally tenable.
It had also ordered the PIO to furnish data on the number of complaints received and disposed of.