Providing safety and security measures in stations as sought in PIL: Railways to Delhi HC

The Indian Railways on Friday told the Delhi High Court that it has put in place safety and security measures like baggage scanners, hand-held metal detectors and CCTV cameras in stations as sought in a PIL. The court granted the railways time till May 15 to file an affidavit and asked it to indicate the […]

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Supreme Court directs RBI to disclose information on bank inspection report under RTI

The Supreme Court Friday directed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to disclose information pertaining to its annual inspection report of banks under the Right to Information (RTI) Act unless they are exempted under law. A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao also directed the federal bank to review its policy to disclose information […]

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Fitness certificate to vehicle without independent test illegal: Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court today said the Maharashtra government’s practice of issuing fitness certificates to private vehicles without conducting an independent test was illegal and in breach of its previous orders. Therefore, the state government must take a decision on amending its rules and circulars on the issue and inform the court of its decision, […]

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Bill to amend RTI Act likely in parliament Monday

The government is Monday likely to introduce in the Lok Sabha a bill to amend the Right to Information (RTI) Act to keep political parties out of its ambit, informed sources said. The issue has been in the limelight after a June 3 Central Information Commission (CIC) order stated that six national political parties would […]

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PM petitioned against amendments to RTI Act

Activists have launched an online petition addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh against the amendment likely to be made to the Right to Information (RTI) Act in the upcoming parliament session. “We are informed that the government is thinking of amending the RTI Act to negate the Central Information Commission order that the political parties are public authorities under the act,” said […]

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Former SC Judge Katju to launch NGO for free legal aid

The retired Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju,  is going to launch an NGO to offer justice to poor and helpless people. Katju, who had earlier sought pardon for Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt and Zaibunissa Kazi, convicts in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case is the the retired judge of Supreme Court of India. The NGO, ‘The Court […]

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Plea on political donations to be heard Sep 26

The chief information commissioner (CIC) will Sep 26 hear a plea asking political parties to give out information on donations received by them, said NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) Saturday. The ADR approached the CIC in March 2011 as save for the Communist Party of India (CPI), no other national political party had provided […]

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Gujarat riots: CIC order reversed to reveal communication between PM, Prez

The Delhi High Court today set aside a Central Information Commission’s(CIC)  order to the Centre to reveal to it the communication between erstwhile Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and President K R Narayanan over the 2002 Gujarat riots.  Justice Anil Kumar gave the order, allowing the Centre’s appeal against the CIC’s directions.  In the facts […]

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Court to hear Swamy’s plea on dues from IIT-Delhi

Dismissing a plea of the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, a court has accepted a plea of Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy seeking recovery of his dues earned while serving there as an assistant professor 1972-1991. Additional District Judge Neelam Singh dismissed the plea of IIT-D seeking dismissal of Swamy’s civil suit on the ground that […]

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Tackling corruption top of government agenda: Prime Minister

Institution of a “strong and effective” Lokpal, reducing discretionary powers of public authorities and ensuring transparency in government contracts were on top of his government’s agenda, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Friday. He also stressed that the nation must “seize this moment” to bring in far-reaching changes in fighting corruption.   “We are on the […]

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