RTI Amendment Bill to be introduced in Lok Sabha today

The Government has introduced a Bill to amend the Right to Information Act,2005 in the Lok Sabha.The amendment bill proposes two fundamental changes. First,it proposes to change the tenure of the Central Information Commissioner(CIC) and Information Commissioner(IC) at the centre and state levels from five years or until the age of 65 years at present… Continue reading RTI Amendment Bill to be introduced in Lok Sabha today

RTI Act supersedes official secrets law

The Supreme Court has said that the Centre cannot withhold documents from disclosure under the RTI Act citing national security and relations with a foreign state.However,the applicant must establish that withholding of such information produces greater harm than disclosing it. The observation was made by a Supreme court judge in which the Court has allowed… Continue reading RTI Act supersedes official secrets law

In the name of transparency, we cannot destroy institution of judiciary, says CJI

The Supreme Court has reserved its verdict in a case whether the Chief Justice of India’s (CJI) office is covered under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI). The Supreme Court was hearing a plea filed by the Supreme Court secretary-general against the January 2010 judgment of the Delhi High Court that declared… Continue reading In the name of transparency, we cannot destroy institution of judiciary, says CJI

RTI scrutiny will ruin judicial independence

The Supreme Court has commenced hearing on its own appeal whether the Chief Justice of India’s office is covered under the purview of the Right to Information Act (RTI). The issue has arisen from an appeal filed by the Supreme Court against the January 2010 judgement of the Delhi High Court that declared the CJI’s… Continue reading RTI scrutiny will ruin judicial independence

RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC

The Supreme Court has reserved its order on whether it would examine the documents submitted by Petitioners to review its order on the Rafale deal. The government had argued these documents are privileged and cannot be produced in court without its permission.While,petitioners had said that everything cannot be dismissed in the name of national security.… Continue reading RTI trumps Official Secrets Act, says SC

EVM is ‘information’ under Right to Information Act, rule Central Information Commission

Central Information Commission(CIC),the highest appellate body for the RTI applicants has ruled that an  Electronic Voting Machine(EVM) is an “information” under the Right to Information Act and can be demanded by an applicant from the Election Commission of India.It said that EVM which is available with the Election Commission is in a material form and… Continue reading EVM is ‘information’ under Right to Information Act, rule Central Information Commission

Why only bureaucrats on information panels, asks SC

Supreme court raised concerns over how government employees or retired ones had consistently been found more suitable than eminent persons from other walks of life as Information commissioners. The Right to Information Act of 2005 was enacted to ensure accountability in governance.The act itself requires people from varied domains to man the Commissions. The Central… Continue reading Why only bureaucrats on information panels, asks SC

Terms of disclosure

Terms of disclosure Article: The article discusses India’s performance in RTI ratings Important Facts About Global RTI Rating The Global RTI Rating has been developed by Access Info Europe (AIE)and the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) It provides a numerical assessment for the overall legal framework for the right to information (RTI) in a… Continue reading Terms of disclosure