PIL filed in Delhi HC for proper implementation of RTI Act
A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Delhi High Court alleging that the public information officers (PIOs) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act are deliberately trying to conceal information which should otherwise be furnished under the RTI Act.
The petitioner has claimed in the PIL that he had filed many applications under the RTI Act seeking information from different authorities but he did receive ‘fake’ information from many authorities including PIOs and first appellate authorities in the reply. He claimed that he received CIC orders which were not consonant with the provisions of the transparency act. The PIL also maintains that voluntary disclosure under Section 4 of the RTI Act is not being followed. Moreover, it stated that the information is not being maintained properly as prescribed in the act. The petitioner alleged that the information commissioners are reluctant to invoke penalty or recommend disciplinary action as per section 20 of the RTI Act.
Hearing the plea, a division bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath of Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Delhi government, Central Information Commission and others and has asked them to respond within 3 months.