NGOs getting public funds come within purview of RTI Act: Delhi HC
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Last Updated: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 20:52
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has held that non-governmental organisations which get government funds come within the purview of RTI Act making it mandatory for them to disclose information pertaining to their functioning.

"The term public authority has been given a broad and wide meaning not only to include bodies which are owned, controlled or substantially financed directly or indirectly by the government but even non-government organisations, which are substantially financed directly or indirectly by the government," Justice Sanjeev Khanna said while declaring the stock exchanges as public authorities.

The court said it is not necessary that the government should have pervasive and deep control over an organisation to bring it under the purview of the transparency act.

"Even private organisations, which are enjoying benefit of substantial funding directly or indirectly from the governments, fall within the definition of public authorities under the Act," the court said.

The court passed the order on a petition filed by the National Stock Exchange (NSE) challenging a Central Information Commission order which had directed it to disclose information under the Act.

The court dismissed the plea of NSE which submitted that they cannot be forced to reveal information to public under the transparency law as they are autonomous bodies incorporated under Company Act and are not controlled by the government.


First Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 20:52

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