Wednesday, January 13, 2010

PPs need not divulge State information

Even though Public Prosecutors (PPs) are public authorities, they are basically advocates and they need not divulge privileged information relating to their client -- i.e. the State -- under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Madras High Court has observed. Justice K Chandru made the observation while allowing a writ petition from the office of the Public Prosecutor attached to the Madras High Court challenging an
order dated October 22, 2008 and the subsequent summons issued on September 10, 2009 of the Registrar of the Tamil Nadu State Information Commission requiring the PP to appear before it with necessary documents.

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