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Universities can levy only RTI rates for answer sheets: Kerala HC


Sajib Nandi

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Sajib Nandi

Universities can only levy fee specified as per RTI Act for answer sheets and other documents issued under the Act even if there is a separate regulation for charging higher fees, the Kerala High Court has held.

 

The ruling by a division bench of the court was after considering an appeal (W.A. No. 2193/2017) filed by the University of Kerala challenging an order issued by state information commission. While the university was charging Rs 500 for an answer sheet, it was ordered that only Rs2 can be collected for each page while providing the information under provisions of RTI Act.

 

A single bench had upheld the state information commission's order and the university had filed an appeal, which was considered by the division bench. The university had contended before the division bench that even if an application for obtaining information regarding an answer sheet is filed under RTI Act, the applicant is liable to pay the prescribed fee as the university has framed regulations fixing the fee.

 

Read more at: Kerala HC: Universities can levy only RTI rates for answer sheets: Kerala HC | Kochi News - Times of India

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Prasad GLN

Till now, the assumptions are that if public authorities are having a fee structure prior to enactment of RTI, it should prevail. Apart from Universities, the Registrar of companies and Railways are charging exorbitant fees. Hope some one should take up the issue in near future.

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