Constitutional functionaries not covered under Right to Information Act says Centre

June 1st, 2008 - 8:04 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, June 1 (ANI): The Union Government has said that Constitutional functionaries do not come within the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act and the Information Commission cannot direct the Government to reveal information pertaining to their functioning.

The Centre made the submission, while challenging the Central Information Commission’s (CIC) order directing it to place the file relating to transfer of High Court Judges before the Commission. Additional Solicitor General P P Malhotra contended before the Delhi High Court that President, Chief Justice and other Constitutional functionaries are beyond the jurisdiction of the authorities under the RTI Act. Justice Rekha Sharma, after hearing the contention of the Government, stayed the order and asked the information seeker who had approached the CIC to file her response by August 26 when the matter would be taken up for further hearing. A resident of Delhi, had filed an RTI application seeking details from the government on the basis of which High Court judges are transferred.

However, the Ministry of Law and Justice declined his application saying that these information cannot be revealed to the general public. (ANI)

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