New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has held
that Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) is a
public authority making it mandatory to reveal information
under the RTI Act.
Justice S Muralidhar dismissed the plea of the committee
for not bringing it within the ambit of transparency law.
The committee had approached the court after the Central
Information Commission had directed it to reveal information
sought under the RTI Act and had directed it to set up the
necessary infrastructure for the purpose.
"This Court concurs with the view expressed by the CIC
that DSGMC is a public authority under Section 2(h) of the RTI
Act," Justice Muralidhar said.
The committee contended that it should not be directed to
comply with the provisions of RTI Act as it did not get any
finance from government.
Rejecting its contention, Justice Muralidhar said the
public authority under Section 2(h) (a) to (d) need not be
necessarily directly or indirectly substantially financed by
funds provided by the appropriate government.