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Attorney General is a public authority and comes under RTI: Delhi High Court

Delhi High Court in its ruling has held that Attorney General of India comes under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005.

This ruling reversed the previous decision of the Central Information Commission (CIC) which had held that Attorney General does not come under RTI Act.

Delhi High Court held that

  • Attorney General is not merely a lawyer for the government, but is a constitutional authority. This is because functions performed by the AG under Article 76 (2) of the Constitution of India are in the nature of public functions.
  • So the office of Attorney General is a public authority and comes under the ambit of section 2(h) of the RTI Act.

The decision was given by Delhi High Court bench headed by Justice Vibhu Bakhru while hearing on two separate pleas filed by RTI activists Subhash Chandra Agarwal and RK Jain. In one plea, the petitioners had challenged the CIC ruling and urged the court to declare AG office answerable to RTI Act.

In 2012, CIC bench had ruled that the Attorney General of India is only a person and cannot be considered an authority under the RTI Act.

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Maharashtra government to allow online RTI queries from 1st January 2015

From 1st January 2015, Maharashtra government is allowing citizens to seek information under RTI Act, online

By launching the online RTI facility, state government is aiming to simplify the process of filing Right to Information (RTI) queries and ushering in transparency in the system.

From 1st January RTI online will be rolled out in the state secretariat and from 1st April it will be launched across the state in all government offices.

General Administration Department (GAD) of state government will take a lead in initiating the on-line services, which will then be followed by all departments of the state secretariat.

Present manual RTI system lacks accountability and credibility because if a person fails to get an answer within one month, he tries again, and this process goes on and on for certain queries.

But online facility will remove this drawback and the information under RTI will be provided to the seeker within a specific time frame.


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