Mumbai: PIL challenges RTI exemption to ACB

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Oct 27, 2014 22:07 IST

A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Bombay high court challenging a government resolution passed just before the election code of conduct came into effect, exempting the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) from the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

The order, issued on September 6 by the general administration department, said that the ACB had been added to the group of those exempt from the Act. The PIL against this order was filed on Monday by activist Prakash Sheth.

“The petitioner states that this move is being seen to have taken by the state government at that time to protect its corrupt ministers against whom serious charges have levelled… such as NCP leaders Ajit Pawar, Sunil Tatakare, Chagan Bhujbal, Vijaykumar Gavit and the leaders of Congress like Krupa Shankar Singh, who is already facing allegations of disproportionate assets, and his case is pending…,” said the petition.

Rahul Kadam, the advocate for the petitioner, said he would be putting forth the matter in court on Tuesday to get a date for hearing.

“The petitioner states that thus the issuance of notification dated September 6, 2014, published on September 9, 2014, itself shows that same is issued after long period of nine years [after the] RTI Act came into existence, in the year 2005, and thus no reasoning or object was given while issuing the said notification,” said the petition.

He has contended that the move is against public interest, and it is because of this Act, that various scams have been exposed in the past.

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