Court pulls up Commonwealth Games organising panel

December 23rd, 2008 - 9:38 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 23 (IANS) The panel organising the Commonwealth Games here in 2010 has invited the ire of the Delhi High Court for not providing information about the progress in preparation under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.“The Commonwealth Games are round the corner and people have the right to know how you are organising it,” Justice G.S. Sistani said last week.

Advocate B.P. Singh, appearing for the committee, said, “We are not responsible to people. We get loans from the governments so we are responsible only to them and the government (is in turn) responsible to the public.”

But the court said: “The Games is about prestige and status of the country. Even when private players are given such a project, they would have to be responsible to the citizens.”

“If you are getting funds from the government for organising the Games, then people need to know how you are spending it. We are not concerned about the government but we are concerned about the people,” it observed.

The Organising Committee and the government have been at loggerheads with the court ever since the latter declared the Organising committee as a public authority, liable to disclose information under the RTI Act.

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