Mumbai train blast accused demands for books on homoeopathy under RTI9 Feb, 2014
A Mumbai train blast accused had filed an application with the Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy (CCRH), Delhi under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to get copies of all 45 books on homoeopathy published by CCRH free of cost.
After the CCRH declined to provide the books stating that the books were priced publications, the applicant, lodged in Arthur Road jail in Mumbai, filed an appeal with the Central Information Commission (CIC) but the CIC also rejected his plea.
The prisoner then wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court claiming that to study the books was his right and demanded that special consideration be given to the prisoners. He also claimed that as he fell below poverty line, the books should be provided to him free of cost. The letter was treated by the High Court as a Public Interest Litigation.
The court has now issued a notice to all the respondents including the central government and the city administration in the matter.