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RTI questions need for state funeral

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, November 24, 2012
First Published: 00:52 IST(24/11/2012) | Last Updated: 00:54 IST(24/11/2012)

Social activists approached the Lucknow high court over the arrest of two women from Palghar for their Facebook posts following the demise of Sena chief Bal Thackeray, and sought information on the rules under which he was granted a state funeral.


A resident of Etah, Abdul Gandhi, filed an online application under the Right To Information (RTI) Act with the Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office seeking details of the meeting in which the decision to give a full-state honor to Thackeray was taken. 

“What are the legal provisions or rules, if any, under which a person can be given a state funeral? Did the Shiv Sena chief fulfill the criteria?” Gandhi said. “I have asked the public information officer at the CM’s office to provide me with a certified copy of these document.”

Gandhi was the president of the Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union in 2005.

Social activist Nutan Thakur and her husband Amitabh Thakur, an IPS officer, have also filed a petition before the high court saying the provision (section 66A of the Information Technology Act 2000) under which the two women were arrested be declared ultra vires.

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