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  1. I knew that one dont have to disclose their identity and use a PO box while filing RTI application. Also one dont have to cite reason for filing RTI application. Is there any court order regarding the above two ? Are they available online ? Can you share a link to me ? Thank you all.
  2. Dear Sunil ahya, I got a court stamp for Rs10. Is that correct? Can I affix and go ahead? Sent from my vivo 1606 using RTI INDIA mobile app
  3. Sir, If there is legal linkage or unofficial linkage between CIC and Courts, several cases would have been closed. Getting Info thru RTI is easy, fast @ neglible cost . Sent from my Redmi Note 4 using RTI INDIA mobile app
  4. Hi! I filed an RTI in mediation center of Varanasi Criminal Court on 5th of May, 2015. I asked for following questions (along with address of first appellate authority etc.): 1. Copy of my attendance sheet (mediation ended in February, 2015) 2. Name and designation of the mediator 3. Copy of notice of appearance 4. Copy of bunch of other documents They have refused to provide the information for (1) and (2), saying it is 'confidential'. For (3) and (4), they have said that copy is attached, but nothing is attached. This can also be proven because the weight of the registered post I got is hardly 20g - weight of 2 pages of RTI reply plus the envelope. RTI reply was dispatched on 1st of September. I am planning to file a first appeal. I wanted to know how to ask frame these questions? Especially the part where they have mentioned my attendance records are confidential and cannot be disclosed to me myself.
  5. Hi Can i expect info from a district court against cases filed by and against a person during a particular time period xxx to yyy Or can i get complete info database of Ecourts in cd (excel,pdf)so that i can browse my way Sent from my XT1033 using Tapatalk
  6. JAIPUR: The additional chief metropolitan magistrate court (ACMM) in Jaipur has directed the Shyam Nagar police to file FIR against former Jaipur development commissioner Devendra Bhushan Gupta, chief town planner Lavang Sharma, the then deputy commissioner Iqbal Khan and Manglam Builders proprietor N K Gupta and his son Sanjay Gupta for cheating, forgery and criminal conspiracy. The court of ACMM (15) has issued the order on a complaint by RTI activist Dr Sanjiv Gupta on Tuesday. Senior counsel A K Jain appeared for the petitioner.Read more at; File FIR against JDA officials, builders: Court to police - The Times of India
  7. GUWAHATI, May 15 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said that citizens can file RTI or approach the courts in case there is any grievance related to the recently declared APSC results.Replying to a query during an interaction with mediapersons at the State Secretariat here, Gogoi said, “There is RTI. There are courts. Anybody with grievance can go and file RTI or approach the courts.” Read at: The Assam Tribune Online
  8. The Supreme Court Wednesday expressed its reservations against bringing judicial appointments by the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) under the Right To Information (RTI) Act and putting in public domain all kinds of adverse remarks made against the judges. A Constitution Bench headed by Justice J S Khehar said that transparency was indeed a “laudable object” but it may not be propitious to make public negative remarks made against the judges during deliberations by the NJAC. The NJAC has to be a six-member body, comprising the Chief Justice of India, two senior-most SC judges, Union Law Minister and two eminent persons. See more at: Supreme Court against bringing judicial appointments under RTI | The Indian Express
  9. padkum123

    RTI from COurt

    Hello, Can we file an RTI in the Criminal Court. I am told that Judicial Court does not fall under RTI scanner.
  10. Cuttack, June 24: A public interest litigation filed in Orissa High Court has sought intervention for recovery of water tax worth Rs 6,000 crore that is yet to be realised from major industries and public sector undertakings. Bhubaneswar-based RTI activist Pradip Pradhan, 44, has alleged in his PIL that the huge amount of money was "outstanding against 59 companies and industries towards water tax." On the basis of information assessed through RTI, the petitioner alleged that more than a 100 companies, PSUs and mining operators had not paid water tax for 15 years. Read more at: Water tax recovery plea in court
  11. Residents of High Court Colony (South) are a worried lot: what they had not even imagined has happened: their residential layout, created by the Madras High Court, has been encroached upon. For several years, Mr. Srinivasan has been knocking on the doors of the Chennai Corporation, the Revenue Department and the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) seeking action against the encroachers. He has also petitioned through RTI seeking plan sanction documents of the buildings constructed in encroached space. “But the authorities of the CMDA, the Revenue department and the civic body have either not provided any reply to the RTI or have responded about the lack of documents,” he complained. Read more at: Encroachments plague High Court Colony - The Hindu
  12. [TABLE=width: 100%] [TR] [TD][ June 17, 2015 01:13:00 ] In April 2015 the Jammu and Kashmir High Court notified its Rules to implement the J&K Right to Information Act, 2009 within its jurisdiction and in all courts under its administrative control and supervision. Although they ought to have drafted these Rules alongside the State Government which notified RTI Rules in 2009 itself (amended later in 2012), they have done so after more than five years. The J&K HC RTI Rules may be accessed on its website at www/jkhighcourt_rti_rules.pdf CHRI, a body dedicated to the RTI Movement in India analysed the RTI Rules notified by the J&K High Court in detail and came up with several recommendations to ensure that the Rules are in tune with the letter and spirit of the J&K RTI Act. Last week, CHRI sent the analysis of the RTI Rules and the recommendations for improvement, to the Hon"ble Chief Justice, J&K High Court. Some of the major areas of concern in the J&K High Court"s RTI Rules are reproduced below: 1. Although the J&K RTI Act requires an RTI applicant to pay a fee while submitting a request for information, the fee amount payable is not stipulated anywhere in the RTI Rules. We recommend that the Rules be amended to specify the application fee amount. This may be set at the lowest benchmark of Rs.10/- per application as has been done in the RTI Rules notified by the J&K State Government and the Central Government. 2. The RTI Rules introduce additional grounds for exempting people’s access to information from the judiciary. It is our firm belief based on the rich jurisprudence developed by the Supreme Court and various High Courts across the country that the power of delegated legislation cannot be exercised to create new restrictions on a right guaranteed by the principal statute. Needless to say, the Rule-making power has been delegated with the express purpose of carrying out the provisions of the J&K RTI Act. The RTI Rules will have to be amended to delete the new exemptions that have been introduced. 3. In a few places, the Rules reproduce the provisions of the principal Act ad literatim or in summary fashion. While there is no necessity for repeating the provisions of the principal Act in the Rules, summarizing some provisions inadequately creates confusion and leaves room for doubt as to how they must be implemented. Deleting all superfluous Rules that repeat or summarise the provisions of the J&K RTI Act may be considered. 4. In order to ensure effective compliance with the requirement of suo moto disclosure of information under the Act, it is advisable to fix responsibility for the same within every public authority. A senior officer or a committee of officers must be asked with the responsibility of making and regularly updating suo motu disclosures ab out the work done on the judicial and the administrative side of every court. Guidelines issued by the Government of India under the Central RTI Act for this purpose are attached for your reference. 5. As a large majority of the people in J&K are not well versed in English it is advisable for the Rules to be translated into the official languages of the State. This will create greater convenience for people who would like to inform themselves of the procedures for seeking and receiving information form the judiciary. The first attachment contains the letter sent to the Hon"ble Chief Justice, J&KHC by CHRI. The second attachment contains CHRI"s detailed analysis of the RTI Rules. The 3rd attachment contains the detailed guidelines that the Central Government has developed for fleshing out the provisions of Section 4(1)(b) of the Central RTI Act. CHRI, NCPRI and several civil society organisations and activists were part of this exercise of drafting guidelines for improving proactive disclosure of information by public authorities. The 4th attachment contains proof of delivery of the packet containing CHRI"s submissions to the Hon"ble Chief Justice. Unlike the RTI Rules notified by the J&K Government there is no provision in the J&K RTI Act for tabling the High Court"s RTI Rules before the Houses of the J&K Legislature for scrutiny. So the only authority which can amend these Rules is the Hon"ble Chief Justice himself. Readers are free to make use of the materials attached to this email in their own submissions to the J&K High Court seeking amendment of these RTI Rules (if not done so already), acknowledging CHRI as the source. Source: CHRI"s analysis of RTI Rules notified by the High Court of J&K [/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
  13. ismileshaikh

    court marriage

    Hello, sir im 22 and my partner is 23 we wanna get married can you tell me the procedure of court marriage Phone : 9768511125
  14. Itanagar, June 11: The Itanagar bench of Gauhati High Court has ruled that the state's first private university is not beyond the purview of the Right to Information Act. A copy of the ruling, passed on June 4, was made available today. The Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University was established at Ziro in Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh in 2012 under the provisions of a state legislative act. However, even three years later, the institute does not have permanent infrastructure of its own and functions from two locations - the government district hospital and Sashastra Seema Bal campus. In 2002, a New Delhi-based NGO, World Institution Building Programme, had proposed setting up of the Arunachal Pradesh University of Vocational, Technological and Medical Sciences at Ziro. The nomenclature was changed later. In 2003, residents of the area donated 150 hectares for the university. Read at: Private institute not beyond RTI: Court
  15. Sajib Nandi

    NGO licence in limbo? Move court

    By Sowmiya Ashok in Livemint.com on Jun 05 2015 NGO licence in limbo? Move court - Livemint New Delhi: When a non-profit organization, receiving funds as per provisions of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, (FCRA) gets a 31-point questionnaire asking for exhaustive details on its bank accounts, assets and investments, it is a sure-fire sign that trouble is brewing. The information has to be compiled and sent to the ministry of home affairs (MHA) in 15 days. For a 10-year-old non-governmental organization, it could run into 1,000 pages. But that’s just the beginning of a long haul. Then comes a notice from MHA’s FCRA wing that a team from New Delhi will come for “physical inspection”. In late 2011, two “Hindi-speaking clerks” showed up at Good Vision, a not-for-profit based in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu, says Mano Thangaraj, founder of the NGO. Barely anyone spoke Hindi in that region. Months later, in February 2012, Good Vision was accused of “misappropriating funds” and its licence under FCRA was suspended for 180 days by the MHA. Subsequently, its bank accounts were frozen without notice. Thangaraj was told by the MHA that Good Vision was “acting against public interest” and was dragged into a year-long ordeal, including a lack of funds, after which he gave up his efforts to renew the NGO’s FCRA registration. When Thangaraj met the inspection team in late 2011, Tamil Nadu was witnessing protests against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. A political activist, he too took part in the protests. “I was part of the Kudankulam agitations in my personal capacity. But my organization had nothing to do with it,” says Thangaraj over phone from Kanyakumari. Good Vision, he says, was then working on issues related to women, children and sanitation and the foreign funds it had received were specifically for tsunami relief work—such as building houses—that had wrapped up back in 2009. The cancellation list on the FCRA section of the MHA website shows that licences of 750 non-profits in Tamil Nadu seeking permission to accept foreign funds were cancelled in 2012 when the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government was in power. In August 2013, a list of NGOs that had been banned from receiving foreign funds was submitted to the Lok Sabha in response to a question. Good Vision was on that list. Just above it was another Kanyakumari-based non-profit, the Rural Uplift Centre (RUC). The 31 questions landed at RUC’s doorstep in October 2011. Subsequently, its bank accounts were frozen for over a year, bringing its projects to a complete standstill. Staffers found work elsewhere and the organisation shrank overnight. Both Good Vision and RUC, in response to the initial questionnaire from the MHA, had furnished piles of documents on income tax returns, vouchers and bank accounts. Representatives had even travelled nearly 2,800km to Delhi to seek out MHA officials and hand over specific documents that could not be submitted earlier due to extensive power outages in Kanyakumari. After their FCRA registrations were cancelled, revision petitions were filed, queries submitted under the Right to Information Act and letters were written to secretaries and directors in the FCRA wing. Much of this went unanswered. The two non-profits then moved the Madras high court. In late 2012, the Madurai bench of Madras high court set aside the ban on Good Vision and RUC receiving foreign contributions. The cases were heard together, says a lawyer who represented one of them but did not want to be named. The court provided relief on the grounds that the non-profits had not been given a proper hearing and had not been served with crucial documents that formed the basis of the ban. “We won the case on the grounds that the NGOs had not been given a proper opportunity of hearing,” says the lawyer over phone from Tamil Nadu. “There was no offence committed under the provisions of the FCRA and there was no notice given before bank accounts were frozen,” he says. The court, however, granted the MHA the opportunity to initiate fresh action against the two non-profits, provided the ministry gave them a reasonable opportunity of hearing and furnished the enquiry reports. But soon after, both NGOs lost their FCRA registration once again. RUC later dropped off the government’s radar as abruptly as it was put on it, while Thangaraj decided to stick to domestic fund-raising. Running almost in tandem with the struggles of the Kanyakumari-based outfits was the saga of a Madurai-based human rights NGO which saw a five-member MHA team come down for an inspection in mid-2012. The Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns (CPSC), which is popularly known by the name of its programme unit People’s Watch, had never in its three-decade-long run received a letter from MHA. In July 2012, CPSC was informed that its FCRA registration had been suspended for 180 days and its bank accounts frozen. “Our advisors told us to petition the government, the ministry and officials, but unfortunately none of this resulted in anything concrete,” says CPSC’s founder and executive director Henri Tiphagne, speaking to Mint in Delhi. The NGO received no further communication from the MHA for six months but on the 180th day was presented with a letter of observation with 21 remarks. “We were given a fortnight to substantiate each of these observations with documentation that was voluminous and we were told our suspension had been extended for another 180 days,” he says. Among the ‘observations’ was Tiphagne’s visit to the Kudankulam plant site. “Of course, I visited Kudankulam—on 15 September 2011 to verify the news that 250 people were on a fast unto death. As a human rights person, I felt they should be persuaded to withdraw their fast if they were not prepared for it,” he says. Reeling under back-to-back suspensions, the last one in October 2013, CPSC had to let go of 100 staffers and its programmes across the country came to a halt. With foreign funds making up 90% of the NGO’s outlay, Tiphagne says he had no choice but to wrap up all projects. “Human rights education programmes that targeted five lakh schoolchildren in 24 states covering 4,500 schools had to be suspended. Most of these were run with state government orders,” he adds. The NGO sought judicial recourse with a small team travelling to Delhi to file a case in the high court. Tiphagne says he believes his organization came under the scanner for its work with the UN human rights system. “We waited till March 2014 before we went to court, by which time our organization had broken down. The court ruled in our favour and our bank accounts (were) unfrozen,” he says. Freezing of bank accounts, Tiphangne says, seems to be the government’s way of bringing non-profits to their knees. CPSC has since looked for funds locally, having spent most of its funds on clearing the salary arrears of employees. “Many of us paid the price so others do not have to suffer. For several months after our suspension was revoked, suspensions across the country were halted until Greenpeace India’s suspension happened this year,” he says. In January, Greenpeace India activist Priya Pillai was prevented from boarding a flight out of New Delhi to London. In April, the MHA froze Greenpeace India’s bank accounts and asked the environmental activist organization to explain within 30 days why its permission to receive overseas funds should not be revoked. The NGO got temporary relief from the Delhi high court in May and was allowed to use its funds. Venkatesh Nayak, programme coordinator of Access to Information at New Delhi-based Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, says the FCRA itself is structured in such a way that the only recourse for NGOs is the judicial route. “There is no empirical evidence on how many NGOs had to wrap up operations owing to their inability to seek judicial recourse,” he says. “Even getting routine information is proving to be hard and the aggrieved party has no provision for appeal. How do you clarify the position when you are only issued an order?” Nayak asks. In addition, a March 2013 directive by the MHA prohibits NGOs from visiting the FCRA wing on Mondays and Wednesdays to ensure “smooth functioning in the FCRA” and instead encourages NGOs to use the online messaging facilities set up for their queries. Mint’s request for a meeting with the joint secretary (foreigners) at the MHA’s foreigners division and an email to his office with questions on the procedures followed by the ministry and provisions for appeals went unanswered.
  16. NAGPUR: The bureaucracy has put the onus on the cabinet for clearing the vexed cost hike proposals for irrigation projects, said sources in state's water resources department (WRD). The controversy had started after replies to RTI queries showed that cost escalations to the tune of 400% were approved for 38 projects of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC) within just two months during the tenure of NCP's Ajit Pawar in 2009. It not only strained relations between the coalition partners, the Congress and the NCP, but finally ended up with an ACB inquiry into irrigation contracts. Read at: Irrigation cost hikes: Ball in cabinet?s court - The Times of India
  17. In reply to an RTI, the University admitted that a JU officer, Jai Kumar Sharma had filed a writ petition in the court against the varsity making Vice Chancellor and Registrar besides others as respon Read at: Official takes JU authorities to court
  18. Hello, I have been duped by Interior decorator, who has taken 90% of the money and not completed the work even after a month. I dont have any formal agreement of his services but he has given the drawings. But now he is demanding the full money by halting the work in between. What I should do..I need to go to consumer court is it possible Please help me
  19. Dear Friends, I am uploading a recent judgement which I felt was rather strange. Instead of punishing and applying the rules of rti, the honble IC has treated the case with kid gloves. Can the applicant approach the consumer court now for relief , compensation and proper application of the rules of record keeping etc.? Would appreciate the honorable members comments, suggestions ? Thanking all members most kindly, CJ. CIC_BS_A_2014_001073_7512_M_153568.pdf
  20. NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court has come to the rescue of RTI applicants waiting to be heard at the Central Information Commission in the absence of a chief. The court has directed that the seniormost information commissioner can hear a case in the absence of the CIC. Read more at: Senior information commissioner can act as CIC: Delhi High Court - The Economic Times
  21. RTI Foundation of India This matter pertains to an RTI application dated 3.12.2013 filed by the Complainant, seeking copies of audit reports for the period 1.3.2002 to March 2004 in respect to six overdraft accounts. The CPIO responded on 13.12.2013 and denied the information under Section 8(1)(e) & (j) of the RTI Act. The Complainant filed complaint dated 28.2.2014 to the CIC, which was received by the Commission on 5.3.2014. 2. The Complainant submitted that he was Incharge of the retail trade cell of the Meerut Branch of the bank and sanctioned financing in around 150 cases. He alleged that in respect of six of these cases, the bank has filed a false complaint against him in a court. However, the audit officials had never pointed out any irregularity in respect of the six accounts in question. Therefore, he needs the audit reports mentioned above to defend himself in the CBI Court in Ghaziabad, where the matter has been pending since February 2008. In response to our query, he stated that a charge sheet has also been issued to him. The Complainant also stated that since he himself sanctioned the overdrafts in question, he should not be treated as a third party in the matter. According to him, the six overdraft accounts have already been closed. The Complainant further submitted that his first appeal to the FAA was not disposed of in the prescribed timeframe. Read more at: - Copies of audit reports in respect to six overdraft accounts were denied u/s 8(1)(e) & (j) - Appellant: the audit reports needed to defend himself in the CBI Court - CIC: Trial Court to decide regarding information about an ongoing prosecution | RT RTI Foundation of India
  22. Police officers close about 30% of the total complaints filed in the state citing mistake of fact (MF) or mistake of law (ML), among other things, an RTI petition has revealed. Read more at: 30% of cases in TN do not go to court, reveals RTI | Madurai NYOOOZ
  23. MADURAI:The Tamil Nadu police have closed over 20 per cent of the cases filed by them in 190 police stations across the State in 39 months till March 2013, a data collected by an NGO has shown. This otherwise means the police citing their investigation have recommended that no further action is required. Based on the data obtained through the Right To Information (RTI) Act, Evidence, the Madurai-based NGO working on Dalit issues, has claimed that 23 per cent of First Information Reports (FIRs) filed at 190 police stations across 10 districts from 2010 to March 2013 have been closed by the police themselves without filing chargesheets or beginning the trial process...............moreread.......... 'Tamil Nadu Police Arbitrarily Closed 23 Per Cent FIRs in 3 Years' - The New Indian Express
  24. Hello experts, I am from Tamilnadu, I have given for transfer of patta several months back, every time some one call from office and ask to come in person and then say it is pending in 'X' office or "Y's" office So i filed an RTI applicationto get to know details, .. I pasted 5 nos of 2 Rs Court stamp in the application next to the sender's address along with all the proof of applications for transfer of patta. They responded after 30 days saying the village and survey number is not clearly stated so we cannot reply to your questions Even though its clearly evident in initial application, I responded to their reply stating the survey number and village in words (This time since its a reply, there were no stamps affixed by me) After 30 days of my reply, i have received a response saying that your application is rejected since you did not attach the receipt of RS 10 court fees ! ! Do i have to attach court fees stamp every time ? If the stamp was missing, the PIO should have stated that in his first reply right ? instead he said survey number and village is not clear ! How do i proceed ? Kindly advice
  25. Suppose an Appellant not satisfied with the SIC decision where to Appeal over it?Is it to the High-Court only?Is it possible to file appeal over the SIC Decision in the local Sessions Court? Any literature s on this issue?
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