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The government’s decision to exempt the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from the purview of the country’s transparency law was challenged in the Delhi High Court Wednesday.

‘After admitting the public interest litigation, the court posted the hearing on it on July 6,’ said petitioner Sitab Ali Chaudhary.

He challenged the June 9 government notification exempting the CBI, the NIA and the National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid), a proposed centralised data system for quick access to information on terror suspects, from the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

‘Hiding information sought under the RTI Act is unconstitutional,’ he said.

‘The petition has been filed for the benefit of citizens incapable of accessing the court themselves,’ said the petitioner.


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