Information that cannot be denied to Parliament cannot be denied to citizens

Does this provision in Section 8 wherein, despite exemptions you have the right to information if it is of larger public interest being correctly interpreted by Courts? A study thinks otherwise

Notwithstanding Section 8 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act under which you are denied the right to certain information, there is a provision which states that, every citizen has the right to get that information which our elected representatives, have access to. It reads thus, “Provided that the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to any person.”

 

However, it has been observed in an expert study, conducted by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) that the judiciary has been inconsistent in application of this provision and therefore “does not provide clarity of interpretation of this crucial provision of the RTI Act.’’

 

Sometimes, the judiciary applies it to the entire Section 8 (1) which should be the case according to the CHRI’s analysis but many a time in its judgment, the judiciary restricts this provision only to Section 8 (1)(j) which relates to protection of personal information. Such varied interpretation which is diluting the power of this provision says the study, would have adverse repercussions for citizens, if this trend continues in the court of law.

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Housing Society Matters – 02 February 2013

Courtesy : Heena Vinod Sampat

In this issue :

  1. The exorbitant increase of property tax. Please attend the meeting organized by Property Owners Association (Contact person Nachankar Tel. No.  2385 34 36) on 7/2/13 (Time 6=00 pm) at Y. B. Chavan Hall, Near Sachivalay Gymkhana, Nariman Point and protect your rights. The format as to how appeal has to be filed may be circulated free of cost at the said meeting.
  2. Irregularity of orders passed by some District Deputy Registrars relating to Deemed Conveyance and Illegality of formation of certain District Offices

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