Friday, November 12, 2010

Govt may exclude chief justice from RTI Act

The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government is considering changes to the Right to Information (RTI) Act to keep the chief justice of the Supreme Court out of its ambit, prompting protests against the move by those who see it as a dilution of the law. "The proposal includes...safeguarding the sensitivity of the office of the chief justice of India," Prithviraj Chavan, outgoing minister of state for personnel,
public grievances and pensions, said in a written reply to a question on proposed amendments to the RTI Act. He said no time frame has been set for amending the law and that it was not possible to indicate the changes that would finally be incorporated as they are yet to be discussed with stakeholders.

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