Sunday, February 13, 2011

HC allows animal welfare organization to seek info under RTI

In a step that is likely to expand the ambit of RTI usage, the Delhi high court on Wednesday permitted an animal welfare organization based in the capital to seek information under the RTI Act on welfare of two elephants scheduled to be sent to Germany in an exchange programme in return for two cheetahs. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said the organization - Animal and Birds Charitable Trust - had the right to access periodical reports from Germany about the health conditions of the two pachyderms from the "Centre, Central Zoo Authority and the Animal Welfare Board under the RTI Act."

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