Civil servants-run Sanskriti School comes under RTI Act
Last Updated: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 23:27
New Delhi: The elite Sanskriti School, run here by senior civil servants and their wives, comes under the ambit of Right to Information Act as it gets the Centre's funds, the Delhi High Court held today.

Justice S Ravindra Bhat said though the Civil Service Society, which runs the school, is an NGO, it is liable to provide information under the RTI Act as it received grant from the Centre to the tune of Rs 24.8 crores between 1994-95 to 2001-2002.

"The school fulfills the essential elements of being a non-government organisation under section 2(h) of the Act which is substantially financed by the central government through various departments and agencies. It is, therefore, covered by the regime of the Act" said Justice Bhat.

The Sanskriti School had challenged the Central Information Commission (CIC) order which had held that it comes under the ambit of RTI Act and liable to provide information under the transparency law.

The High Court upheld the CIC's January 2007 order directing the school to provide information to applicant.

The decision on the Sanskriti School petition was delivered along with the judgement in which the High Court held that the Organising Committee of Commonwealth Games 2010 and Indian Olympic Association also comes under the ambit of the transparency law.

"Each of the petitioners is a public authority and therefore bound to give effect to the provisions of the Act. They are granted 30 days time to set up appropriate mechanism to enable access to information held and required to be held by them," the court said.


First Published: Thursday, January 07, 2010, 23:27

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