New Delhi: A plea challenging the Centre`s
decision exempting CBI, NIA and NATGRID from the purview of
the Right To Information (RTI) Act has been filed before the
Delhi High Court.
Filing the petition, Sitab Ali Chaudhary, a practicing
advocate, sought a direction to stay the June 9 decision of
the Union Cabinet exempting these sensitive government
departments from divulging their information under the 2005
"The Cabinet decision on June 9, 2011 to exempt the
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the National
Investigation Agency (NIA) and the National Intelligence Grid
(NATGRID) from the purview of RTI Act i.e. giving information
on demand under the 2005 Act, is unconstitutional and ultra
vires," Chaudhary said in Public Interest Litigation (PIL).
Terming the decision as "illegal, arbitrary, malafide,
unlawful and uncalled for," Chaudhary said it will hinder the
country`s progress in an era of transparency.