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A 42-year-old former general manager (GM) of a Mumbai-based infrastructure firm was arrested on Friday for extorting ₹3.5 crore from directors of the company.(HT File Photo)

Man uses RTI to extort Rs 3.5 crore from firm, held

Thane | By Megha Pol
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2018 09:45 AM IST
The directors alleged that the firm suffered losses owing to Aadhav’s decisions. The police said Aadhav then started collecting information about the pipeline project under the RTI Act.
Compared to 2014-15 and 2015-16 (the immediate preceding years when two older crop insurance schemes were in force), premiums shot up nearly 348% – from about Rs 10,560 crore to about Rs 47,408 crore.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)
Compared to 2014-15 and 2015-16 (the immediate preceding years when two older crop insurance schemes were in force), premiums shot up nearly 348% – from about Rs 10,560 crore to about Rs 47,408 crore.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT Photo)

Centre’s farm insurance scheme a hit or flop? RTI reveals sharp rise in gross premiums

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Zia Haq
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2018 07:18 AM IST
Information obtained under RTI Act reveals sharp rise in gross premiums, drop in farmers enrolled in 2017-18 under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana.
Under the RTI Act, applicant Sunil Kumar Johar had demanded copies of approval issued by office of the Commissioner of Income Tax, Delhi-II.
Under the RTI Act, applicant Sunil Kumar Johar had demanded copies of approval issued by office of the Commissioner of Income Tax, Delhi-II.

Several records missing from Income Tax department: CIC told

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2018 09:48 PM IST
The tax department expressed his inability to furnish the records not in their possession and stated that an exercise had been initiated in the Department to digitise its records.
The denial of permission by Khaira to disclose his educational qualifications and degree was overruled by information commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha who directed Chandigarh DAV college to disclose the records.(HT Photo)
The denial of permission by Khaira to disclose his educational qualifications and degree was overruled by information commissioner Divya Prakash Sinha who directed Chandigarh DAV college to disclose the records.(HT Photo)

AAP MLA Sukhpal Khaira refuses consent to disclose his degree, info panel overrules

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 04, 2018 09:19 AM IST
An RTI applicant had sought details of Khaira’s educational qualifications but were not provided by DAV College, Chandigarh.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is covered under the RTI Act.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is covered under the RTI Act.(Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Central Information Commission brings BCCI under RTI Act

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2018 08:26 PM IST
The Central Information Commission concluded that the status, nature and functional characteristics of the BCCI fulfil required conditions of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act.
BJP president Amit Shah during budget session of Parliament in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
BJP president Amit Shah during budget session of Parliament in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Security expenses on BJP chief Amit Shah can’t be disclosed: CIC

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 26, 2018 05:12 PM IST
The information was denied by the home ministry citing Section 8(1)(g) that exempts from disclosure information that would endanger the life or physical safety of any person.
Only citizens of India have the right to seek information under the provisions of RTI Act, 2005, the government said.(Illustration: Jayanto)
Only citizens of India have the right to seek information under the provisions of RTI Act, 2005, the government said.(Illustration: Jayanto)

NRIs not eligible for filing RTIs, government tells Parliament

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2018 09:14 PM IST
Minister of State for Personnel and Training Jitendra Singh said only citizens of India have the right to seek information under the provisions of RTI Act, 2005.
The draft Bill seeks to amend Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act which exempts from disclosure personal information subject to several conditions.(Image for representation)
The draft Bill seeks to amend Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act which exempts from disclosure personal information subject to several conditions.(Image for representation)

Changes in RTI privacy clause will allow corrupt babus escape scrutiny: Information commissioner

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2018 05:14 PM IST
Changes in the privacy clause of the RTI Act as suggested by the government-constituted Justice BN Srikrishna panel will allow corrupt officers to escape public scrutiny, an information commissioner has said.
Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accepts a report on 'Data Protection Framework' from justice BN Srikrishna in New Delhi on July 27.(PTI Photo)
Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accepts a report on 'Data Protection Framework' from justice BN Srikrishna in New Delhi on July 27.(PTI Photo)

Opinion | Draft of Data Protection Bill more an uneasy compromise than a clear commitment

By Apar Gupta
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 10:07 AM IST
A committee headed by former Supreme Court judge BN Srikrishna submitted its recommendations and a draft law titled the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018, on Friday.
Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accepts a report on 'Data Protection Framework' from Justice BN Srikrishna, in New Delhi on July 27.(PTI Photo)
Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad accepts a report on 'Data Protection Framework' from Justice BN Srikrishna, in New Delhi on July 27.(PTI Photo)

Draft data protection bill may affect provisions of RTI Act

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Nakul Sridhar and Jeevan Prakash Sharma
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 08:26 AM IST
The draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 seeks to amend the RTI Act’s Section 8(1)(j), which states that personal information that doesn’t serve “public activity or interest” cannot be disclosed unless it is deemed to be of public interest.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has slammed the government which on Wednesday said it is considering a proposal to amend the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, to frame rules on salaries and services of chief information commissioner and information commissioners.(PTI)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has slammed the government which on Wednesday said it is considering a proposal to amend the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005, to frame rules on salaries and services of chief information commissioner and information commissioners.(PTI)

Modi govt’s proposed changes will make RTI Act useless: Rahul Gandhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2018 01:07 PM IST
Many activists have strongly opposed the proposed changes to the RTI Act pertaining to the salaries and services of chief information commissioner and information commissioner.
BCCI should be accountable to public in general and in public interest, according to Central Information Commission.(AFP)
BCCI should be accountable to public in general and in public interest, according to Central Information Commission.(AFP)

Explain why BCCI should not be under RTI Act: Central Information Commission

PTI, New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2018 03:26 PM IST
The matter came before Central Information Commission as Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports did not give a satisfactory response to an RTI applicant, Geeta Rani, who had sought to know the provisions and guidelines under which the BCCI has been representing India and selecting players for the country
An RTI reply said the matter regarding amendment in the RTI Act, 2005 is under consideration and has not reached finality.(Illustration: Jayanto)
An RTI reply said the matter regarding amendment in the RTI Act, 2005 is under consideration and has not reached finality.(Illustration: Jayanto)

Centre confirms plan to amend RTI Act, but no details yet

Indo Asian News Service, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 12:32 PM IST
An RTI reply from the Department of Personnel and Training said that while an amendment in the act is under consideration the details requested in the query cannot be provided.
In the order passed on February 5, the CIC said that the demand of GST charges made by the CPIO is ‘illegal and unreasonable.’(HT FILE)
In the order passed on February 5, the CIC said that the demand of GST charges made by the CPIO is ‘illegal and unreasonable.’(HT FILE)

Mumbai IMD official fined 1K for charging GST, denying info to RTI query

Hindustan Times | By Badri Chatterjee, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2018 11:52 PM IST
In 2017, RTI activist Chetan Kothari had filed a query seeking details about warnings and red alerts issued by the weather bureau over a span of five years
The PMO cited exemption clauses related to national and economic security in the RTI Act to deny information related to demonetisation.(AFP/Photo for representation)
The PMO cited exemption clauses related to national and economic security in the RTI Act to deny information related to demonetisation.(AFP/Photo for representation)

Prime Minister’s Office right in denying information on demonetisation: CIC

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 07, 2018 10:35 PM IST
RTI applicant RL Kain had on November 15, 2016, filed an appeal seeking information on the printing of currency notes and other matters after the government announced its decision of demonetisation.
The Law Commission has recommended that the BCCI be brought under the ambit of the RTI Act.(REUTERS)
The Law Commission has recommended that the BCCI be brought under the ambit of the RTI Act.(REUTERS)

Few checks and balances, BCCI pushed for transparency

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By N Ananthanarayanan
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 09:56 AM IST
The Law Commission urged the central government to make the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) a national sports federation and bring it under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act
The Law Commission has recommended that the BCCI be brought under the ambit of the RTI Act.(HT file photo)
The Law Commission has recommended that the BCCI be brought under the ambit of the RTI Act.(HT file photo)

Why RTI Act is no guarantee for prompt response from sports bodies

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhargab Sarmah
PUBLISHED ON APR 18, 2018 11:54 PM IST
It remains to be seen if BCCI, the country’s most powerful sports body, will really be bound by the RTI Act if it does come under its purview
The Law Commission has recommended to the Centre that the BCCI be brought under the RTI Act.(HT file photo)
The Law Commission has recommended to the Centre that the BCCI be brought under the RTI Act.(HT file photo)

‘RTI Act would make BCCI more transparent and accessible’

Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2018 11:42 PM IST
Attempts to get the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) under the ambit of the Right To Information (RTI) Act aren’t new
BCCI officials argue that the Board is not substantially funded by the government to be brought under the ambit of the RTI Act.(AFP)
BCCI officials argue that the Board is not substantially funded by the government to be brought under the ambit of the RTI Act.(AFP)

BCCI officials play down Law Commission’s RTI Act recommendation

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Sanjjeev K Samyal
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2018 11:44 PM IST
A senior board functionary declared that the BCCI was not going to lose sleep over the Law Commission’s recommendation.
The argument that the BCCI is a private body has been rejected by the Law Commission.(HT file photo)
The argument that the BCCI is a private body has been rejected by the Law Commission.(HT file photo)

BCCI a ‘state’, bring it under RTI ambit: Law Commission

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Jatin Gandhi
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 12:47 AM IST
The Law Commission has urged the central government to make the Board of Control for Cricket in India a national sports federation and bring it under the purview of the Right to Information Act.
The Beawar Dharna, 1996, the first big prolonged demand for the RTI.(THE RTI STORY;POWER TO THE PEOPLE)
The Beawar Dharna, 1996, the first big prolonged demand for the RTI.(THE RTI STORY;POWER TO THE PEOPLE)

Excerpt: The RTI Story; Power to the People by Aruna Roy with the MKSS Collective

Hindustan Times | By Aruna Roy and the MKSS Collective
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2018 08:20 PM IST
This important book is an account of the stages of the MKSS campaign for the ordinary citizen’s right to basic information that culminated in the RTI Act of 2005. This excerpt from the chapter entitled ‘RTI Law 2005 and the NAC’ is a recapitulation of the journey.
Eleven schools in Diva and Mumbra were declared illegal on Thursday and the principals booked for running them for many years.(HT FIle)
Eleven schools in Diva and Mumbra were declared illegal on Thursday and the principals booked for running them for many years.(HT FIle)

11 Thane schools declared illegal, principals booked for violating RTI Act

Hindustan Times | By Arvind Walmiki, Thane
UPDATED ON MAR 31, 2018 02:06 PM IST
These are among the 60 unauthorised schools across the city; remaining schools will be taken care of soon, an official said
(Representative Image)
(Representative Image)

Ex-AI pilot moves NCLT to initiate insolvency proceedings against Air India

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2018 03:37 PM IST
The former pilot alleged that the airline had deducted substantial amounts of his salary, allowances and benefits payable to him and also failed to pay him the salary for January, 2016.
The Supreme Court disposed of a batch of petitions filed in 2011 that challenged RTI rules of several high courts and authorities such as the Chhattisgarh assembly, which had imposed excessive fees for application and photocopying.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
The Supreme Court disposed of a batch of petitions filed in 2011 that challenged RTI rules of several high courts and authorities such as the Chhattisgarh assembly, which had imposed excessive fees for application and photocopying.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

RTI fee no more than Rs 50, rules Supreme Court

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2018 10:09 PM IST
The Supreme Court bench said public authorities cannot ask for more than Rs 5 for each page as photocopying charge, and an application need not mention the ‘motive’ while filing out the form.
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