Sunday, December 20, 2009

Corporate groups' tax statements can be given under Right to information

Tax-statements of a corporate group may be given under the RTI Act as its privacy clause is limited to individuals and does not extend to organisations, feels Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah. "We have given a decision that tax details of political parties can be disclosed under the Act. Corporate groups are more or less similar organisations. The privacy clause in the RTI Act section 8(1)(j) deals with privacy of 'individuals' but does not extend to organisations. But the disclosure has to be decided on basis of merit in each case," he told PTI.
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