HC notice to Centre on bringing CBI under RTI

A PIL seeks to declare a recent notification exempting the CBI from the purview of RTI Act as ultra vires of Constitution.

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday issued a notice to the Union Government on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking to declare a recent notification exempting Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from the purview of Right to Information Act as ultra vires of the Constitution.

A bench comprising Chief Justice MY Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam directed Additional Solicitor General M Ravindran, who took the notice on behalf of Union Government, to get instructions from it within three weeks.
Petitioner S Vijayalakshmi, an RTI activist, challenged the June 9 notification issued by the Centre exempting the CBI from Central Act 22 of 2005 (Right To Information Act).

However, the court declined to grant a stay on the notification as sought by the petitioner and posted the matter for further hearing after three weeks.