[RTI] Thesis submitted by a research scholar a public document

Central Information Commissioner while considering an appeal against Rajasthan based ARID Forest Research Institute, under the Right to Information Act observed that, the thesis submitted by a research student is not a personal or third party information and cannot be withheld by an Institution under the Right to Information Act. It was an appeal where the appellant sought for a copy of pre-thesis...

[RTI] Similar action taken against employees involves public interest

Central Information Commissioner while considering an appeal from Shri P.R. Chandol held that, any information sought whether similar treatment has been given to all the employees of Central Council of Homeopathy for the same action or inaction relates to transparency in the Council and involves public interest. Therefore, Central Information Commissioner directed Central Council of Homeopathy to provide...

Medical Reimbursement of Judges not covered under RTI

RTI
Justice Vibhu Bakhru of Delhi High Court, while setting aside a CIC (Central Information Commission) order, asking the apex court to maintain details of medical reimbursement availed by each judges of the apex court during last three years and such information shall be furnished to the information seekers. Since, Medical records of reimbursements of judges’ does not serve any public interest, Delhi...

Ordinary Postal Stamps as RTI fee instrument

RTI
In two different cases, the Information Commissioners Shri R K Jain and Shri Raghubir Singh have made a common recommendation to the Department of Personnel and Training for implementing postal stamps as a mode of payment of RTI fee thus reducing hassles of applicants. If this recommendation is accepted by the Centre, then people seeking information under RTI Act may now be able to use postal stamps...

Private firms exempted from disclosure of Tax information under RTI

Delhi High Court
At present individuals are exempted from disclosure of tax information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. In a recent judgment the High Court of Delhi, ordered that, even Private Limited Companies are exempted from disclosure of tax information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005. While hearing the case, Court observed that, “The...

Delhi HC Asks Civic Bodies to Focus on Model Toilets

Delhi High Court
Balakumar Rajendran All the civic agencies were “sensitized” to develop model public toilets, the Delhi high court said. The court asked the municipal corporations and the cantonment board to form concrete proposals and clear-cut time schedule to build model toilets in area adopted by each of them. The court also said that there must be better toilets...

Father-in-law can’t access phone records under RTI: High court

Ipsita Mishra Loopholes still surface with many of the fundamental concepts of the RTI even after 60 years of its implementation. Amongst many problems that persist, one of the major problems is about to what extents can person accesses another person’s information. According to section 2 (n) of the RTI Act, 2005, ‘third party’ means a person...