Information under RTI cannot be Refused even if the matter is sub judice : Naveen Agrawal
Workshop on RTI organised for officers of primary schools
320 people trained in 4 days
Nagpur. "Information sought under the RTI act 2005 cannot be denied on the pretext of the matter concerned being sub judice as per the provision of the act under section 8 (1) (b)" observed Mr. Naveen Maheshkumar Agrawal, recognised trainer of YASHADA , Pune and Registrar, Dada Ramchand Bakhru Sindhu Mahavidyalaya. However, he further added that the Section 8(1) (b) of the RTI Act exempts from disclosure "information which has been expressly forbidden to be published by any court of law or tribunal or the disclosure of which may constitute contempt of court".
Naveen Agrawal was addressing the primary school officers during the workshop organised to train them in RTI act jointly organised by the Education Officer (Primary), Gondia and YASHADA, Pune. In the four day long workshop 320 Primary School Level State Public Information Officers and Appellate Authorities of the Gondia district were given the training.
Naveen Agrawal said that some authorities refuse to give the information on different grounds which are basically against the provisions of the Act. Even Delhi High Court also upheld the provision of the act that even during judicial pendency also the information sought under RTI must be provided. The workshop was attended by the RTI officers from places like Tiroda, Gondia, Arjuni Morgaon, Devri, Sadak Arjuni, Goregaon, Amgaon and Salekasa Panchayat Samiti of the Gondia district. Mr. Rajesh Rudrakar also guided the participants. Mr. Anand Manusmare compered the program whereas Mr. Deoram Maladhari proposed a vote of thanks.