Political parties can't be under RTI Act: Centre tells SC
Political parties can't be under RTI Act: Centre tells SC

Political parties should not be brought under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act by terming them 'public authorities' as this would not only hamper their smooth working but help political rivals to file pleas with malicious intention to seek information, government told the Supreme Court on Monday.

Harmonise RTI rules on fee charged: Centre to SC, HCs, states

The registrars of the Supreme Court and high courts and the state governments have been asked by the Centre to harmonise rules to ensure uniformity in fee charged by them under Right to Information (RTI) Act.

CIC orders disclosure of communication between PMO and DoPT over Haryana whistleblower

Asserting that people have a right to information about obstructions to political executive and bureaucratic machinery and their working, CIC has held that such records must be disclosed even if they attract exemption clauses because of larger public interests.

Make staff transfer, posting info public: Centre to departments

The information related to employees' transfer and posting should be put in public domain promptly to reduce the number of RTI applications, the Centre said on Wednesday.

CIDC answerable under the RTI Act: CIC

 Construction Industry Development Council comes under the Right to Information Act, Central Information Commission has held, rejecting the Council's contention that it was a society, independent of any government funding and not covered under the transparency law.

Assam police declines to share info on witch hunting under RTI

The Assam Police has declined to share information sought under the RTI Act on witch hunting in the state, citing an exemption provision for its CID wing, though the state government tabled the same data in the Assembly 10 days after.

Zee Media Exclusive interview with India's new CIC Vijay Sharma

Zee Media conducts an Exclusive interview with the country's new Chief Information Commissioner.

Political convenience shouldn't guide exemptions from RTI: CIC

Attacking the inclusion of organisations like CBI in the list of entities exempted from the RTI Act, a two-member committee constituted by the CIC has said that such decisions to shield organisations from the transparency law should not be the result of "political convenience or other extraneous factors".

Clueless on law under which Parliamentary Secretaries were appointed: Delhi's GAD

The Delhi Government department which processed the appointment of 21 MLAs of the Aam Admi Party as Parliamentary Secretaries to various ministers does not have information about the law under which they were appointed and had merely acted on a note from Chief Minister's office.

Govt is rendering RTI dysfunctional: Ex-CIC Shailesh Gandhi

Former Central Information Commissioner (CIC) Shailesh Gandhi on Monday lashed out at the Centre for allegedly rendering the Right to Information (RTI) Act "dysfunctional" by taking retrogressive steps.

Banks no safe havens for your money: DNA report

Your money may not be safe in the bank, and not because of macro reasons beyond control.

Can't penalise political parties as they have no CPIO: CIC

Expressing its helplessness in implementing its order bringing six political parties within the purview of the RTI Act, CIC has said it cannot impose any penalty on them as they have not appointed any Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) against whom such an action can be taken by it.

Attorney General's office is public authority under RTI Act: HC

The Delhi High Court Tuesday said the office of Attorney General of India (AGI) is a public authority falling under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act as the top law officer performed public functions and his appointment was governed by the Constitution.

Explain policy on political leaders' faces in govt ads: CIC

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the government to pro-actively disclose its policy on use of photographs of political leaders on advertisements.

RTI can be used even if info available through other means: HC

RTI Act can be used to access information which is available through any other route, Delhi High Court has ordered.

RTI can be used even if info available through other means: Delhi HC

A person can use the RTI Act to access an information even if it is available through any other route, Delhi High Court has ruled.

RTI should be appreciated: Goa CM

Despite allegations that the Right to Information (RTI) Act was being misused for extortion and harassment, the law should be appreciated in a big way, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said Monday.

Maharashtra govt to allow online RTI queries from New Year

Mumbai: From the new year, people in Maharashtra will be able to seek information under RTI Act online.

RTI norms: CIC to hear complaints against 6 political parties

A full bench of the Central Information Commission will hear on Friday complaints against six national political parties for non-compliance of its order that they came within the ambit of RTI Act and had to put in place all mandatory requirements under the law.

Missing files no excuse for denying information: CIC

Public authorities cannot take excuse of "missing files" for denying information under the RTI Act as such claims have no legality under the transparency law for withholding records, the Central Information Commission has held.