Thursday, June 30, 2011

CBI Exemption From RTI Act 2005 Challenged In Delhi High Court

Indian government exempted the central bureau of investigation (CBI), national investigation agency (NIA) of India and national intelligence grid (Natgrid) from the applicability of right to information act 2005 (RTI Act 2005).

Despite sever protests from civil liberty activists and legal experts, Indian government took this controversial step. Of course, it is against the constitution of India as per leading techno legal experts of India.

Naturally, this decision was also liable to be challenged in the constitutional courts of India. Now it has been reported that this decision of Indian government has been challenged in the Delhi High Court by petitioner Sitab Ali Chaudhary.

The Delhi High Court admitted public interest litigation and posted the hearing on it on July 6th. The petitioner claimed that hiding information sought under the RTI Act is unconstitutional.

The petitioner has contended a very limited argument as there are many more grounds available that can make the government’s decision illegal and unconstitutional. Hopefully, the same would be covered during the hearing of the PIL.