New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday
decided to scrutinise on September 7 the Centre`s reasoning
for exempting investigating agencies like CBI and NIA and
intelligence agency NATGRID from the ambit of transparency
"We will examine the affidavit filed by the Ministry of
Personnel and Training and the Central Bureau of Investigation
(CBI) on the next date of hearing," said a bench of Chief
Justice Dipak Misra and Sanjiv Khanna while fixing September
7 as the next date of hearing.
The bench asked Additional Solicitor General Gaurav
Banerjee to argue on the next date of hearing as to "what is
the stand of CBI and why the Centre has not brought the agency
under the RTI Act."
The court adjourned the matter after petitioners Ajay
Agarwal and Sitabh Ali Chaudhary, two advocates, submitted
they would like to file a rejoinder to CBI`s replies as well
as that of the Centre to their plea against the recent cabinet
decision exempting CBI, NIA and NATGRID from the ambit of the
Agarwal told the bench that the Department of Personnel
and Training had rejected a CBI representation for keeping it
out of the purview of the Right to Information Act.
The Centre, however, changed its stand recently and
allowed another representation by CBI to keep it out of the
RTI Act ambit.
The bench said it would hear the arguments on all points
on the next date of hearing.