New Delhi: The elite Sanskriti School, run
here by senior civil servants and their wives, comes under the
ambit of Right to Information Act as it gets the Centre`s
funds, the Delhi High Court held today.
Justice S Ravindra Bhat said though the Civil Service
Society, which runs the school, is an NGO, it is liable to
provide information under the RTI Act as it received grant
from the Centre to the tune of Rs 24.8 crores between 1994-95
"The school fulfills the essential elements of being
a non-government organisation under section 2(h) of the Act
which is substantially financed by the central government
through various departments and agencies. It is, therefore,
covered by the regime of the Act" said Justice Bhat.
The Sanskriti School had challenged the Central
Information Commission (CIC) order which had held that it
comes under the ambit of RTI Act and liable to provide
information under the transparency law.
The High Court upheld the CIC`s January 2007 order
directing the school to provide information to applicant.
The decision on the Sanskriti School petition was
delivered along with the judgement in which the High Court
held that the Organising Committee of Commonwealth Games 2010
and Indian Olympic Association also comes under the ambit of
the transparency law.
"Each of the petitioners is a public authority and
therefore bound to give effect to the provisions of the Act.
They are granted 30 days time to set up appropriate mechanism
to enable access to information held and required to be held
by them," the court said.