Monday, October 12, 2009

PSIC strikes down HC's secrecy rules

Upholding the essence of Right To Information Act four years after it was formed, authorities rejected the rules framed by Punjab and Haryana High Court that empowered it the denial of administrative information. The Punjab State Information Commission (PSIC) observed that certain rules framed by HC — that allowed the court to withhold information — were not in the spirit of the Act, under which disclosure is the rule, and `secrecy' an exception. Chief information commissioner R I Singh made these observations in a recent order against an appeal filed by retired judge Ranjit Singh. The applicant had moved a plea to HC's public information officer for copies of full house and administrative committee proceedings.

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