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Opinion given by the Legal Officers / Branch of the public authority cannot be hidden under RTI

Opinion given by the Legal Officers

Opinion given by the Legal Officers

An opinion given by the panel advocate of a public authority can be denied under Section 8 (1) (e) of the RTI Act in view of the fiduciary relationship involved.  However, the same is not the case with the opinion given by the Legal Officers / Branch of the public authority.

The public authority claimed that the opinion given by the Delhi Legal Branch was not provided as it is an internal document of the bank.

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Ministers under RTI

minister-under-rtiIn a big decision, Central Information Commission have brought Ministers under RTI and declared Ministers in the Union Government and all State Governments as ‘public authorities’ under Section 2(h)of the RTI Act. The Ministers have a duty to inform the people about their efforts to fulfill the promises they have made, through Section 4(1)(b) of RTI Act and also to furnish the information as sought by their voters under other provisions of RTI Act. The commission has directed that a Public Information Officer within two months from the date of receipt of this order be appointed with each Minister Office.

The Commission strongly recommends to implement the recommendations of NCRWC, Second ARC and replace the ‘oath of secrecy’ with ‘oath of transparency” so that the Minister will respect the right to information of the citizen, which was passed by the Parliament and considered as fundamental right intrinsic in Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution, and be answerable/accountable to the citizens. Read more ›




Ninja facts about RTI

Facts about RTIThis compilation of important CIC decisions is for use by various stakeholders including public authorities (APIOs, PIOs and Appellate Authorities), Civil Society and Citizen groups as comprehensive guidelines for effective implementation of the Act. Originally these have been published by Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM), New Delhi. We have curated the decisions listed there for crisp and easy comprehension of a common man.

We have attempted to compile them in one table format which is easily searchable. The last column also contains the citation details which can be used for citing at various places. We hope you shall find them useful. If you have more such cases to add, do let us know and we shall update them. Also if there are update to decisions posted in the compendium, may also be brought to our notice at forum! Read more ›