Friday, July 30, 2010

RTI applies to Central govt bodies in J&K: HC

In a verdict that blows away the immunity clause availed by Jammu and Kashmir-based central government organisations like the Indian Army while refusing to disclose information under the RTI Act, the Delhi High Court on Friday ruled that such establishments were not precluded from the transparency law and were obligated to disclose information to the family of those posted in the state. Directing the Indian Army to hand over court of inquiry, post-mortem and other reports relating to the death of Shaurya Chakra awardee Capt Sumit Kohli to his mother Veena Kohli, the court made it clear that the RTI was not applicable to J&K because the state, due to its peculiar conditions, had to have its separate law for public disclosure.

Indian Express
Utkarsh Anand: Sat Jul 31 2010
New Delhi

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