CIC to Supreme Court: Explain reasons behind your logo

Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Supreme Court to make public reasons behind adopting the line "Yatodharma Stato Jaya" mentioned in its logo under the Lion Capital of Ashoka and not "Satyamev Jayate" which is part of the National emblem.

While the National emblem has the Lion Capital of Ashoka under which "Satyamev Jayate" is written, the logo of Supreme Court has Ashoka Chakra, Lion Capital of Ashoka and "Yatodharma Stato Jaya" written under it.

An RTI applicant approached the apex seeking to know the basis, such as any enactment, guidelines, notification or regulation, for the expression "Yatodharma Stato Jaya" appearing underneath its seal.

The CPIO and the first appellate authority could not furnish satisfactory reply to applicant Rahul Mohod who approached the Commission with an appeal in this regard.

"The appellant submitted that all he wanted to know was about the law or guidelines or notification under which the Supreme Court of India had adopted 'Yatodharma Stato Jaya' as part of its logo," Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra observed after hearing the arguments of the applicant and the Supreme Court counsel.

Ordering to find some relevant records about the information sought by Mohod, he said, "Since the Supreme Court of India had chosen for its logo a different expression from what the Government of India had adopted (Satyamev Jayate) for the National Emblem, there must be some record of it."

"We would like the provide the appellant within 15 working days of receiving this order the copy of the relevant authority for adoption of this particular expression as a part of the Supreme Court logo," he said.

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