Monthly Archives: September 2013

Allegation of corruption ought to be supported by cogent and sound evidence under RTI

Allegation of corruption ought to be supported by cogent and sound evidence under RTI. Also allegation of corruption’ does not mean mere conjectures and surmises. For the Information commission to frame a prima facie view about corrupt or malpractices being involved in any given case reasonably or to frame a view on the violation of human rights under Proviso (I) to Section 24 of the RTI Act, it should be supported by cogent and sound evidence.

As per the provisions of Section 24 (4) of the RTI Act 2005

“Nothing contained in this Act shall apply to such intelligence and security organisation being organisations established by the State Government, as that Government may, from time to time, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify:

Provided that the information pertaining to the allegations of corruption and human rights violations shall not be excluded under this sub-section:
Provided further that in the case of information sought for is in respect of allegations of violation of human rights, the information shall only be provided after the approval of the State Information Commission and, notwithstanding anything contained in section 7, such information shall be provided within forty-five days from the date of the receipt of request.” Read more ›

Feedback on tax evasion complaint- A consistent stand of CIC

The complainant has a right to know whether the information provided by him has been found to be false or true. It has been CIC consistent stand that feedback should be provided to the appellant once investigation into a tax evasion complaint has been finalised. Therefore, kindly remember that you have the right to get the broad outcome of the complaint but not the details of the investigations.

Blank ban on disclosure of information regarding the action taken on tax evasion complaints may not always be in the best interest of the state revenues. In fact, it may dis-enthuse the information givers as information givers are generally keen to know whether the information provided by them has been of some value to the authorities or not. Feedback on tax evasion complaint would motivate the information givers to provide further informations to the authorities and thereby enable them to curb tax evasion and enhance the state revenues.

In the present case too, the CIC ruled that Read more ›

Do you want political parties out of RTI Act? Air your view before 4th Oct 2013

Here is the chance for you to air your views on keeping political parties out of RTI Act. A Parliamentary Committee has sought people’s suggestion on RTI Amendment Bill which is aimed at giving immunity to political parties from providing information. The Committee has invited memoranda containing views or suggestions from the individuals or organisations in connection with the Bill. The panel will also hear select oral evidence from stake holders concerned. People can send in their views or suggestions within 15 days time, according to the advertisement that appeared in newspapers on Saturday.

THE RIGHT TO INFORMATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2013 (Bill No. 112 of 2013) has been introduced in the Parliament which is a BILL to amend the Right to Information Act, 2005. We as informed citizen has the right to voice our views and concerns over this amendment in a constitutional way on issue of keeping political parties out of RTI Act. But before you air your views please read the provisions of the RTI Amendment Bill 2013 from our download segment here! Read more ›