CIC order on parties: RTI applicants file caveat in HC

A caveat was filed in the Delhi HC to pre-empt any ex-parte stay on the CIC order bringing political parties under the purview of RTI Act.

Updated: Jun 05, 2013, 19:52 PM IST

New Delhi: A caveat was on Wednesday filed in the Delhi High Court to pre-empt any ex-parte stay on the Central Information Commission order bringing political parties under the purview of Right to Information Act.

The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a civil society claiming to bring transparency in Indian politics, on whose plea the CIC had passed the order, asked the High Court that it should be given the opportunity to respond if any appeal is filed by any political party.

ADR said that they apprehend that the political parties like Congress, BJP, Samajwadi Party, BSP and CPI, CPI(M) and NCP would challenge the CIC`s June 3 order.

"The caveator/ prospective respondents (ADR) apprehend that the revision/appellant may claim inter-alia ex parte interim relief from this court against CIC`s June 3 order.

"No ex parte/ad-interim relief or otherwise be granted to the prospective revisioner/appellant without a prior notice thereof of the caveators/prospective respondents is duly served," the caveat filed through advocate Kamini Jaiswal said.

"The caveators have a strong case on merits and if an opportunity is granted to them, the caveators will convince this court not to grant ex-parte relief in the present case and to further dismiss any such revision petition/ first appeal against the order/interim application of the prospective revisioner/appellant on the merits," as per the caveat.

On June 3, the CIC has brought six political parties - Congress, BJP, CPI-M, CPI, BSP and NCP - under the ambit of the RTI Act, saying the parties are substantially financed by the central government among other things.