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Ball in the high court

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At least three parties have moved the High Court against orders of KIC.


*Poornaprajna House Building Cooperative Society refused details of sites allotted and the seniority/eligibility list of its members on the ground that it was an autonomous body and not a Public Authority.


The Commission rejected the claim as all cooperative societies have been acknowledged as PA by the Registrar of Cooperative Societies. Besides, the government had acquired lands for the society for “public purpose.


*DCC Bank, Bidar declined details of recruitment during 2005-06 and the list of borrowers given one time settlement. The Commission overruled the Bank’s objection that the applicant was not a member/director or employee and held that every citizen had a right to information. It also held that substantial concessions by way of lower interest rates and writing off of principal amount are shown to borrowers under one time settlement.


These concessions involve public funds. Hence, citizens have a right to know if the discretionary powers given to the management have been used rightly.


*Sri Basaveshwara Veerashaiva Vidyavardhaka Sangha declined details of the grant-in-aid received from the government by educational institutions run by it, stating that only some institutions were aided. The applicant contended that the Sangha had received loans and other development assistance from the State and the Centre. Hence, it is a Public Authority and liable to share the information sought.


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