Right to Information – Master key to good governance

HC to form own rules under RTI Act

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 13, 2006

HC to form own rules under RTI Act

Talking to Newsline, a senior official expressed optimism that the delay in the implementation of the Act would come to an end by July. Though already implemented in the Supreme Court, the RTI Act was not implemented by the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Justice D K Jain had expressed hope for early implementation of the provisions of the act. However, the Act could not be a reality during his tenure and he was elevated as a Judge at the Supreme Court.

Under the RTI Act, Judiciary is the ‘appropriate authority’ and can frame its own rules and declare its own fees. Shailesh Gandhi, an RTI activist from Mumbai and now the convener of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI), told Newsline over phone that he was contemplating a writ in the Bombay High Court on the RTI Act. ‘‘I have made several representations in the Bombay HC on RTI but to no avail,’’ he said. Interestingly, if a High Court does not implement the act, one will have to file a written petition against it in the same court.

A K Jaiswal, a senior citizen and resident of Modern Housing Complex, Manimajra, said the Act in the High Court would bring to light the alleged ad hocism in listing of cases and uncalled for adjournments. ‘‘It will prove effective for all official systems,’’ Jaiswal said.



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