Kochi (JPN): Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) KG Balakrishnan on Wednesday remained adamant on his stand and refused to reveal details of tax returns by him and seven family members on an RTI application.

Balakrishnan who is the head of National Human Rights Commission had asked the Central Public Information Officer at the Income-Tax Department, Kochi, not to reveal his I-T returns under an RTI application filed by activist T Balachandran.

His reply cited Section 8 (j) of the RTI Act 2005: “Personal information, the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest ... are completely exempted from the disclosure unless the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer of the appellate authority... is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure...”

Following his objection, the I-T department refused to declare his returns. Balachandran sought information following allegations of accumulation of wealth disproportionate to known sources of income against the family members of Justice Balakrishnan.

The applicant had sought information and documents, certified copies of I-T returns submitted by Justice Balakrishnan for 2005-06 to 2009-10, details of investigation and inquiry by the department against him and his son, K B Pradeep, two daughters -- Sony and Rani, sons-in law M J Benny and P V Sreenijan and brother K G Bhaskaran.

He had also sought certified copies of reports and related documents with file notes relating to the investigation and inquiry conducted by the I-T department, if any.