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The high court has asked the CIC to reconsider the application in view of the clarified legal position.(HT archive)

Delhi HC: Give cogent reasons for denying information under RTI in ongoing case

By Richa banka, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 07:48 AM IST
  • Delhi high court said no attempt had been made by CIC to show how giving the information sought would hamper the investigation and the on-going disciplinary proceedings.
The court held that disclosure of the details sought by the petitioner will amount to an invasion of privacy.(HT archive)
The court held that disclosure of the details sought by the petitioner will amount to an invasion of privacy.(HT archive)

Disclosure of interest in info sought under RTI not ‘necessary’ but ‘important’

By Richa banka, Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 12:32 PM IST
  • The order was in reference to an RTI plea seeking information from the President Secretariat about the candidates who had appeared, who successfully cleared the exam etc., for the recruitment of multitasking staff
Most of the electoral bonds have been donated to the BJP and the Congress.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Most of the electoral bonds have been donated to the BJP and the Congress.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

No public interest in disclosing names of electoral bond buyers, says CIC

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 09:34 PM IST
The RTI Act prohibits sharing of third party information without the written consent of the third party unless sharing would serve a larger public interest.
Officials said that the Union ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) has taken the lapses made in providing information on Aarogya Setu app, which has data of millions of users, very strictly.(File photo for representation)
Officials said that the Union ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) has taken the lapses made in providing information on Aarogya Setu app, which has data of millions of users, very strictly.(File photo for representation)

Committed to furnish all information for Aarogya Setu: Govt after RTI body’s notice

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 06:36 PM IST
The Centre said on Thursday it is committed to furnish all the information sought under the RTI Act over the Aarogya Setu contact tracing application and comply with the directions of Central Information Commission.
The CHRI is an organisation working towards greater transparency in governance.(@CHRI_INT/Twitter Photo)
The CHRI is an organisation working towards greater transparency in governance.(@CHRI_INT/Twitter Photo)

Functioning of state information panels takes a hit: Survey

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Deeksha Bhardwaj
UPDATED ON AUG 18, 2020 01:59 AM IST
According to its third rapid telephonic survey, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative found that the commissions that had previously started attending to litigants June had stopped by July.
(HT Photo)
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Ludhiana MC’s public information officer fined for failing to provide details sought under RTI Act

Hindustan Times/Ludhiana | By HT Correspondent, Ludhiana
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 11:24 PM IST
A penalty of 10,000 was imposed on the PIO, which will be deducted from his salary
The political class and information commissioners need to step up(HT)
The political class and information commissioners need to step up(HT)

The RTI regime failed India during Covid-19

By Yashovardhan Azad
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 09:53 PM IST
Responses have been elusive on critical issues, including health care infra, PM Cares fund, schemes, and migrants
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CIC asks PUDA PIO to appear before him for not accepting plea

Hindustan Times, Jalandhar | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON FEB 05, 2020 09:03 PM IST
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Student enrolment in universities on a slide

Hindustan Times, Muktsar | By Sarbmeet Singh, Muktsar
PUBLISHED ON FEB 04, 2020 10:02 PM IST
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Failure to provide information under RTI Act costs Haryana MC official 5,000

Hindustan Times, Panchkula | By HT Correspondent, Panchkula
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2020 01:17 AM IST
A Panchkula resident had sought information about rumble strips on city roads in 2018
It is critical that district courts of the country comply with the requirements of the Right to Information Act(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)
It is critical that district courts of the country comply with the requirements of the Right to Information Act(Sunil Saxena/HT File Photo)

The SC’s ruling on RTI is only a minor victory

By Vaidehi Misra and Shreya Tripathy
PUBLISHED ON NOV 25, 2019 05:28 PM IST
The judiciary is often not transparent at the district court level, which is the first point of contact for most litigants
The UT engineering department had started the work to transplant 143 trees on November 19, a day before the Punjab and Haryana high court put a stay on the move on an NGO’s petition.(HT PHOTO)
The UT engineering department had started the work to transplant 143 trees on November 19, a day before the Punjab and Haryana high court put a stay on the move on an NGO’s petition.(HT PHOTO)

Tribune flyover: Myopic planning won’t let city fly over traffic woes

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By Munieshwer A Sagar, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON NOV 24, 2019 01:09 AM IST
The project lacks comprehensive study to ease the city of traffic-related problems
The bench has accepted the will and wisdom of Parliament to bring judiciary into the realm of accountability legislation(Sonu Mehta/HT)
The bench has accepted the will and wisdom of Parliament to bring judiciary into the realm of accountability legislation(Sonu Mehta/HT)

Bringing transparency to the courts | Opinion

By Yashovardhan Azad and M Sridhar Acharyulu
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2019 10:02 PM IST
The Supreme Court’s order on the RTI will make the judiciary accountable, within certain boundaries
Supreme Court of India(Sonu Mehta/HT FILE PHOTO)
Supreme Court of India(Sonu Mehta/HT FILE PHOTO)

Supreme Court rules against Supreme Court, keeps CJI office under RTI

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 05:59 PM IST
The order came on a petition filed by Central Public Information Officer of the Supreme Court against a Delhi HC ruling of 2010 that held the office of the CJI was a public authority and directed the secretary general of the top court to disclose details of the assets of judges sought by an RTI activist.
Attorney general of India KK Venugopal, appearing for the Supreme Court, asserted that full transparency will affect judicial independence and details pertaining to judges should not be made public.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Attorney general of India KK Venugopal, appearing for the Supreme Court, asserted that full transparency will affect judicial independence and details pertaining to judges should not be made public.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Supreme Court verdict on plea to bring CJI office under RTI today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2019 02:35 AM IST
In 2010, a three-judge bench of the Delhi high court comprising justices AP Shah, Vikramjit Sen and S Murlidhar had held that the office of the CJI is a “public authority” and hence it comes under the RTI Act. But the ruling was challenged in the top court, which stayed the operation of the judgment while admitting the appeal.
Sonia Gandhi on Thursday accused the Modi government of diluting the powers of the Information Commissioners through amendments to the RTI Act(PTI)
Sonia Gandhi on Thursday accused the Modi government of diluting the powers of the Information Commissioners through amendments to the RTI Act(PTI)

Amendment to RTI Act final assault on legislation: Sonia

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2019 04:49 AM IST
Sonia Gandhi said the Modi government has seen this remarkable institution as an obstacle to enforcing their majoritarian agenda without being held accountable to people.
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Mohali police has no reply to RTI queries on Kharar flyover

Hindustan Times, Mohali | By Idrees Bukhtiyar, Mohali
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2019 01:11 AM IST
In response to all the queries, it says the information sought in the RTIs filed is not part of section 2 (f) of RTI Act, 2005 and is ‘sensitive’
RTI rules have been amended by UP cabinet to check those seeking ‘imaginary’ information.(Illustration: Jayanto)
RTI rules have been amended by UP cabinet to check those seeking ‘imaginary’ information.(Illustration: Jayanto)

UP cabinet amends RTI rules to check petitions for ‘imaginary info’

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2019 01:58 PM IST
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath presided over the cabinet meeting that approved the Uttar Pradesh Right to Information (1st amendment) Rules 2019 to make these two provisions.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks in the Lok Sabha, during the Budget Session of Parliament.(PTI Photo)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks in the Lok Sabha, during the Budget Session of Parliament.(PTI Photo)

Parliament Highlights: Anti-terror bill passed by the Lok Sabha

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2019 10:34 AM IST

The Unlawful Activities Amendment Bill passed in the monsoon session of Lok Sabha amid Congress and several opposition parties staging a walkout after the minister’s reply demanding that the Bill be sent to a standing committee. Home Minister Amit Shah defended amendments to an anti-terror law saying that the BJP-led government will never misuse its provisions.The Lok Sabha began with several papers to be laid on the table but din continued over US President’s statement on the Kashmir issue. Earlier, Trump’s chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow came to defend the US president’s statement.The Opposition has decided to demand that seven out of 16 bills, including RTI amendment bill, Triple Talaq Bill and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act Bill, in Rajya Sabha be sent to Joint Select Committee. Meanwhile, The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday bid farewell to five of its members from Tamil Nadu who have completed six years of their term.All major highlights here:

Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi(PTI file photo)
Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi(PTI file photo)

RTI act stands on brink of extinction, says Sonia Gandhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2019 11:44 PM IST
In a statement on Tuesday, she said it is clear the central government sees the RTI Act as a “nuisance” and wants to destroy the status and independence of Central Information Commission.
Information is a constitutional right. Parliament must protect it(Hindustan Times)
Information is a constitutional right. Parliament must protect it(Hindustan Times)

RTI: A bill that may kill a right

By Yashovardhan Azad and M Sridhar Acharyulu
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2019 08:04 PM IST
The retrograde amendment would amount to creating an RTI ministry under the government
To a query seeking details of income tax refunds of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it refused to share the information, saying it was exempted under the Right to Information Act(Hindustan Times)
To a query seeking details of income tax refunds of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it refused to share the information, saying it was exempted under the Right to Information Act(Hindustan Times)

PMO has no records of income tax refunds of former prime ministers

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 05:41 PM IST
To a query seeking details of income tax refunds of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it refused to share the information, saying it was exempted under the Right to Information Act.
The RBI did not reveal whether it would straightaway share the information sought by the RTI applicants or will seek time to review the SC order before acting upon it.(Mint)
The RBI did not reveal whether it would straightaway share the information sought by the RTI applicants or will seek time to review the SC order before acting upon it.(Mint)

Reserve Bank of India likely to withdraw non-disclosure policy under Right To Information

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON APR 26, 2019 07:43 PM IST
The apex court, while directing the RBI to withdraw its non-disclosure policy, warned that any future violation of the transparency law would be taken “seriously”.
The forest department has been served legal notices after the district forest officer allegedly declined to provide information on the Haryana government’s upcoming Global City project as requested by activists under the RTI Act.
The forest department has been served legal notices after the district forest officer allegedly declined to provide information on the Haryana government’s upcoming Global City project as requested by activists under the RTI Act.

Forest dept served legal notices for not sharing details

By Prayag Arora-Desai
PUBLISHED ON APR 25, 2019 12:56 AM IST
City-based environmentalists alleged that the proposed project site for the Global City project is protected under the Natural Conservation Zone status of the NCR Planning Board as well as the Aravalli Notification (1992), which prohibits development activities on Aravalli land.
Social worker Chandrashekhar Goud shared the data received from State Bank of India (SBI) through an RTI query.(AFP FILE PHOTO)
Social worker Chandrashekhar Goud shared the data received from State Bank of India (SBI) through an RTI query.(AFP FILE PHOTO)

Parties got 99.8 % donations through electoral bonds of Rs 10 lakh, Rs 1 crore donations: RTI plea

Indore | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2019 07:44 PM IST
Donors purchased bonds worth Rs 1,407.09 crore of which Rs 1,403.90 crore were in the highest denominations of Rs ten lakh and Rs one crore during the period
RTI disclosure of Collegium’s working deleterious: AG to SC(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
RTI disclosure of Collegium’s working deleterious: AG to SC(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

RTI information on judges’ promotion could do damage, Attorney General tells Supreme Court

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 11:42 PM IST
A five-judge SC bench is hearing an appeal by the top court’s registry against a 2010 Delhi high court judgment that held that the Chief Justice of India (CJI)’s office is a “public authority”.
A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)
A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi.(HT File Photo)

Information on judges’ elevation not apt for RTI act, A-G tells SC

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2019 11:39 PM IST
A five-judge Supreme Court bench is hearing an appeal by the top court’s registry against a 2010 Delhi high court judgment that held that the Chief Justice of India’s (CJI) office is a “public authority”.
The constitution bench will also deal with the controversial matter related to land acquisition law in which a three-judge bench was accused of overlooking an earlier ruling by a bench of the same strength.(HT File Photo)
The constitution bench will also deal with the controversial matter related to land acquisition law in which a three-judge bench was accused of overlooking an earlier ruling by a bench of the same strength.(HT File Photo)

Should Chief Justice’s office be under RTI ambit? Supreme Court to hear plea

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 25, 2019 07:26 AM IST
In 2010, a three-judge bench of the Delhi High Court comprising justices AP Shah, Vikramjit Sen and S Murlidhar had held that the office of the CJI is a “public authority” and hence it comes under the RTI Act.
Officials of Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), earlier known as HUDA, were directed on Tuesday to share information with residents sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act promptly.(Picture for representation)
Officials of Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP), earlier known as HUDA, were directed on Tuesday to share information with residents sought under the Right to Information (RTI) Act promptly.(Picture for representation)

Be prompt in sharing information, Huda officials told

Hindustan Times, Gurugram | By Abhishek Behl
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2019 10:21 AM IST
The directions came after an RTI reply from the State Information Commission (SIC) revealed that a number of HSVP officials had been fined for not sharing information and a large number of RTI applications were pending particularly in estate office 2 of the HSVP.
There have been 11,567 incidents involving Maoists during the period in which 1,331 security personnel suffered injuries, the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Division, under the Ministry of Home Affairs, stated in the reply.(File Photo)
There have been 11,567 incidents involving Maoists during the period in which 1,331 security personnel suffered injuries, the Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Division, under the Ministry of Home Affairs, stated in the reply.(File Photo)

1,190 Maoists killed since 2010, maximum in 2018, reveals RTI query

Noida | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2019 08:23 PM IST
The maximum extremists, 225, were eliminated in 2018, followed by 2016 (222), 2010 (172), 2017 (136), and 2013 (100), according to a reply under the RTI Act. Another 99 Maoists were killed in 2011, 89 in 2015, 74 in 2012, 66 in 2014, and 89 in 2019 (till January 31), it said.
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