Is an association entitled to file an RTI application?
As per the RTI Act, 2005 a Citizen is empowered to file an application for obtaining information. A strict interpretation of the word “citizen” does not include any association. However, the Central Information Commission has interpreted it liberally and has accepted applications filed by a citizen on a pad of an organisation. The Gujarat State Co-operative Tribunal Bar Association sought details of the cooperative banks which had gone into liquidation in the last decade which was denied on the ground that only a citizen of India could apply for the information and not the association. The association has filed an appeal before the State Information Commission, the decision of which is awaited.