Thursday, March 18, 2010

Judges really need a course in RTI!

When I said in earlier post on this blog that judges need a course in RTI, I thought it applied to a few of them.  But now I am seriously thinking that many judges are used to conducting them imperiously and above any kind of answerability.  They do not think that Right to Information is a fundamental right of citizens and cannot be denied without good grounds.  Maybe they should spend some time reading the RTI act.

The information sought included index catalogues of files, a public authority is bound to maintain under Section 4 (1) (a) of the RTI Act, and suo motu declaration of office functioning required to be obliged under Section 4 (1) (b) of the RTI Act; copy of the notification/order appointing PIO and Assistant PIOs, and copy of the record retention schedule.

Though the information sought was specific and clear, the PIO in his letter dated
November 13, 2009 stated that the application for issue of copies of documents has been rejected by an order of the Principal District and Sessions Judge for want of full particulars.

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