Seeking bank employees’ personal info exempted under RTI: SC

The Supreme Court has held that seeking information about individual bank employees which were personal in nature and devoid of any public interest, was exempted under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The court made the observation while allowing an appeal filed by Canara Bank challenging an order of the Kerala High Court directing it […]

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Chief Information Commissioner can transfer Commissioners: HC

The Bombay High Court has held that the State Chief Information Commissioner has powers under Right to Information Act (RTI) to transfer State Information Commissioner from one region to another for the purpose of ensuring that the Commission functions in a smooth manner. This significant ruling was delivered by a bench headed by Justice V […]

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Rationale behind passing judgement can’t be revealed under RTI: SC

The rationale behind passing judgements or orders by courts cannot be disclosed to litigants under the Right to Information Act, Supreme Court has said. An appellate authority of the Supreme Court, constituted under the RTI Act, dismissed the plea of an RTI activist who had sought information on the rationale for passing orders on review […]

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Law has become business now, says Sibal

Law as a profession has become a business over the years, which is a matter of concern, union Law and Justice Minister Kapil Sibal said Sunday. “Lawyers have always been regarded as providers of service. That is why law is a profession. Over the years, however, I found that it has become a business,” Sibal […]

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Court to hear RTI plea on attorney general

The Delhi High Court Thursday agreed to hear two separate petitions asking it to declare the attorney general’s office a public authority so that it comes under the purview of the Right To Information Act, 2005. Justice S.K. Misra listed for Oct 30 the petitions seeking to declare the attorney general’s office as a public […]

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Sibal explains why RTI amendment is needed

The government on Friday strongly defended the cabinet decision to amend the Right to Information (RTI) Act in order to keep political parties out of its ambit, saying no political party could function if the CIC order was implemented. The issue has been in the news after a June 3 Central Information Commission (CIC) order stated that six national […]

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PM urged not to amend RTI Act

Activists and citizens Wednesday urged the prime minister not to amend the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The petition to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, signed by around 300 people, came after a Central Information Commission order that declared six political parties to be public authorities. “It is reported that the government is considering the introduction […]

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CIC order on parties: RTI applicants file caveat in HC

A caveat was on Wednesday filed in the Delhi High Court to pre-empt any ex-parte stay on the Central Information Commission order bringing political parties under the purview of Right to Information Act. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a civil society claiming to bring transparency in Indian politics, on whose plea the CIC had […]

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SC stays part of its verdict on appointments in info panels

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed its direction that only sitting or retired chief justices of High Courts or an apex court judge can head the Central and State Information Commissions. A bench of justices A. K. Patnaik and A.K. Sikri also directed “that wherever a Chief Information Commissioner is of the opinion that intricate […]

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Centre plea on info panel appointments has admitted by the Sumpreme Court

The Centre’s plea has been admitted by the Supreme Court to review its judgement which had stipulated that only sitting or retired chief justices of high courts or an apex court judge can head the Central and state information commissions. While admitting the plea, a bench of justices A K Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar, however, made […]

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