Supreme Court notices Centre to get political parties under RTI

The Supreme Court today sought responses from the Centre, the Election Commission and six political parties, including Congress and BJP, on a plea to declare all national and regional political parties “public authorities” to bring them under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. “Issue notice,” a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattuand […]

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Judges’ Medical bill not to be disclosed under RTI:SC

The Supreme Court today held that the medical expenses incurred on judges and their family members cannot be disclosed or made public under the Right to Information Act. A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu refused to interfere with the Delhi High Court verdict which had dismissed a plea seeking details of medical […]

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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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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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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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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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RTI Rules Row: SC seeks Alld HC registry response

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought the Allahabad High Court Registry’s response on a PIL challenging the provisions of RTI rules framed by it for divulging information to the public as being unconstitutional and ultra-vires of the 2005 transparency law.  A bench of Justice AK Patnaik and Justice Swatanter Kumar issued a notice to the […]

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No disclosure under RTI at pre-detention stage: SC

The state is not under an obligation to disclose under the Right to Information Act(RTI)  the grounds of detention of a person under a preventive detention law before his arrest, the Supreme Court has ruled.   A three-judge bench of justices Altamas Kabir, Gyan Sudha Misra and J Chelameshwar said a detune under the preventive detention […]

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Centre to bring RTI in school curriculum

With an aim to generate awareness on the Right to Information Act(RTI), the Centre is considering introduction of lessons on various facets of the transparency law in the school curriculum. The department of personnel and training (DoPT), which acts as a nodal agency for matters related to RTI Act, is in talks with the National […]

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