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karira posted a topic in RTI in MediaThe office of the AP Governor has claimed that they are not under RTI. It should be noted that the Governor's office has provided information under RTI in the past. The Governors office has now removed the RTI link from its website. As on 14 July 2014, the website of the Governor had a RTI link on its webpage:
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Jul 18, 2011 PANAJI: Bombay high court on Monday asked the Centre to file an affidavit as to whether top constitutional offices such as the President, chief justices and governors fall within the ambit of Right to Information Act. The Goa bench of Bombay high court asked additional solicitor general, Vivek Tankha, who represented the Union to state the legal position regarding the President of India, chief justices and governors, while state advocate general Subodh Kantak will have to reply about position of the speaker of Legislative Assembly, vis a vis the RTI. The matter will be heard next month. The bench of justices S A Bobde and F M Reis was hearing the petition filed by Goa Raj Bhavan, challenging the order of Goa State information commissioner who had asked the Raj Bhavan to submit certain information under the RTI Act, as demanded by activist Aires Rodrigues. Tankha, appearing for Goa Raj Bhavan, argued that the president, governors, speaker and the Chief Justice of India as well as chief justices of high courts did not come within the Act's purview. Certain posts had been consciously kept out of RTI's ambit, although they have been termed as a 'public authority' under the Constitution, he said. To this, the judges observed that the case presented a novel situation. The court asked the government to clarify the position. "We can't decide till we have proper information on the position of these authorities," judges said.
ganpat1956 posted a topic in RTI in MediaThe BBC has been ordered to publish secret documents that will reveal why its governors apologized to the government over broadcasting that ministers exaggerated the claim over Iraq's weapons before the 2003 war, a press report said on Wednesday. In a landmark ruling Tuesday, the freedom of information tribunal ruled the corporation should publish confidential minutes of a governors' meeting held after the BBC was criticized in a 2004 report on the death of former Iraq arms inspector David Kelly. Following the meeting, the governor issued an apology to Prime Minister Tony Blair's office that led to the resignation of BBC director general Greg Dykes, who said it was 'abject, embarrassing and unjustified'. The minutes are expected to show which governors voted to force out Dykes and why and who on the board sanctioned the controversial apology. The inquiry into Kelly's death chaired by former judge Lord Hutton confirmed that the former arms inspector was the source of a disputed BBC report that claimed ministers exaggerated Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction to justify the Iraq war. But in his report, Hutton exonerated the government of any wrong- doings and criticized the quality of the BBC's reporting on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which led to a row between Blair's office and the state-funded broadcaster. According to the Guardian newspaper, which led the application for the minutes to be published under Britain's Freedom of Information Act, the BBC has resisted in disclosing the confidential documents for more than two years. The BBC was said to have argued that minutes of all governors' meetings should remain secret as the governors would feel afraid of expressing their real opinions if they knew that these accounts would be published. But the tribunal agreed with the Guardian's argument that the governors' meeting after the Hutton report was a 'unique and highly unusual' event in the BBC's history. In response to the ruling, the BBC said it was considering its options on whether to hand over the documents as ordered, within 28 days, or try to overturn the verdict at the high court. BBC told to publish why governors apologized over Iraq report - Irna