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Legal opinion to university can't be termed as confidential communication: J&K SIC

Sajib Nandi

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Sajib Nandi

State Information Commission has held that legal opinion to the university by the Standing Counsel cannot be termed as privileged and confidential communication by invoking the provisions of the Evidence Act and cannot be denied under J&K Right to Information Act.


The decision was taken in two 2nd appeals arisen out of the orders of the First Appellate Authority (Registrar University of Jammu) and the disposal of RTI applications filed by the appellant Dr Sapna Sharma by the PIO of the University of Jammu.

The appellant had requested for providing the copies of legal opinion obtained by the university in the regularization matter of Dr Bharti Prabhakar, Dr Pallavi Sachdeva and Dr Sandeep Singh besides the copy of communication of Department of Sociology applying for UGC-SAP and copy of minutes of DAC, Department of Sociology downgrading the post of Reader in 2005-06.


While rest of the information was provided to the appellant yet copies of the legal opinions tendered by the Standing Counsel of the university was not given on the ground of being third party information.


Read more at: https://www.dailyexcelsior.com/legal-opinion-university-cant-termed-confidential-communication-sic/


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