Saturday, May 15, 2010

Private companies with minor Govt stake under RTI: HC

The Delhi High Court Friday said that even those companies in which government has a minority stake can be brought under the purview of Right to Information (RTI) Act and declared National Agricultural Cooperative Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) as public authority. Interpreting the Act, Justice S Muralidhar said there is no need to have deep or pervasive government control over an institution to bring it under the ambit of the transparency law. "The absence of any adjective like deep or pervasive qualifying the word controlled in the RTI Act means that any control over the body by the central government will suffice to make it a public authority," the court said adding "a controlling interest through shareholding does not necessarily mean majority shareholding."

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