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Rel Infra challenges SIC on RTI

business Updated: Aug 20, 2011 01:45 IST

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Stating that it was a private company and not a public authority, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra) has approached the Bombay high court challenging an order passed by the State Information Commission (SIC) bringing the company under the ambit of provisions of Right To Information (RTI) Act.

The SIC, on July 19 passed an order bringing RInfra under the ambit of RTI after observing that though it was a private company it provided "essential public service" of electricity and hence should come under the Act. The order came following a complaint filed by one Anil Galgali.

In its appeal challenging the order, RInfra has said it is not a body or institution of government established or constituted by the Constitution of India.

The petition would come up for hearing in due course of time. Galgali had approached the Commission after Reliance Energy declined to provide him information regarding his electricity bills. Galgali had sought information under the RTI Act which was rejected saying the provisions of the Act does not apply to private companies.

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