President should make public her assets: RTI activist

President Pratibha Patil should release the details of her and her family members’ assets in the public domain as it would set a precedent for the parliamentarians, a Right to Information (RTI) activist said Friday. “As a head of state and parliament, the president of India should take the initiative of putting her property details […]

RTI queries on Balakrishnan’s assets pile up

India’s apex human rights body gets about 40 RTI queries a month. But of late, the number has shot up to almost 200. And a lot of them have to do with former chief justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan’s assets.  Balakrishnan is chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). “The number of queries on […]

Lokpal Bill: Civil society members to declare assets Friday

Two days before deliberations on the anti-graft Lokpal Bill are set to begin, NGO India Against Corruption (IAC) Thursday said the civil society members in the joint drafting committee will declare their assets and liabilities Friday. The NGO also released revised details of donations and expenditure during activist Anna Hazare’s anti-graft campaign that culminated in […]

Gujarat officer challenges order for disclosure of assets

The Gujarat High Court Wednesday issued a notice to the state government after a senior bureaucrat asked the court to set aside a state government order asking officials to furnish details of their assets. Notices were issued to the state government, its public information officer, the chief information commissioner. Arvind Agrawal, an Indian Administrative Service […]

Badal, family acquitted in disproportionate assets case

The district court in this Punjab town Friday acquitted Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his wife Surinder Kaur Badal and their son Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal in a disproportionate assets case against them. The acquittal by the court in Mohali, 10 km from Chandigarh, is likely to come as a big relief […]

No action against MPs for not disclosing assets: Activist

Four months after a right to information (RTI) plea revealed that 70 Lok Sabha members had not declared their assets to the speaker, the authorities have yet to take any action, a transparency law activist said Tuesday. The information was disclosed Feb 24 in a reply to the RTI application filed by Subhash Chandra Agrawal, […]