RTI Act Current Affairs - 2020

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Justice A.P.Shah appointed Chairman of Law Commission of India

Justice Ajit Prakash Shah has been appointed as the new Chairman of the 20th Law Commission of India . He has taken charge of the position vacated by the resignation of Justice D K Jain, who was appointed as the head of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. The 20th Law Commission was constituted with effect from September 1, 2012 with a 3-year term, ending on August 31, 2015.

Some landmark judgments by Justice Shah:
  • As Chief Justice of Delhi High Court before his retirement, he gave many crucial judgments including the Naz Foundation verdict (Section 377 of IPC).
  • He chaired the full bench of Delhi High Court which made the landmark verdict which held that the office of Chief Justice of India will also come under the ambit of RTI Act.

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“Co-operative societies do not come under RTI” – Supreme Court

Supreme Court held in a decision that the Co-operative societies do not fall within the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act. The decision was given while the apex court annulled a Kerala government circular to bring all such societies within the scope of the RTI Act.

What was the contention given by the Supreme Court bench?

The bench held that the Co-operative societies are subject to the control of the statutory authorities like Registrar, Joint Registrar, the Government, etc. but it can’t be said that the State exercises any direct or indirect control over the affairs of the society which is deep and all permeant. The power exercised by the Registrar over the societies is merely supervisory and regulatory. The mere supervision or regulation as such by a statute or otherwise of a body would not make that body a public authority within the meaning of Section 2(h)(d)(i) of the RTI Act.

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