On 10th December 2012 a full bench of the Central Information Commission established under the Right to Information Act, 2005 decided that the Attorney General for India is not a public authority with obligations of transparency and information disclosure. Here you will find a critical analysis of the decision by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.
For the full text of the decision, please click here.
1. Basic Facts:
1.1 Three citizens sought information from the Attorney General for India (AGI) under India’s Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act). Shri S C Agrawal (Applicant/Complainant 1) sought the following information:
“1. Is it true that Union Ministry for Minority Affairs sought opinion of Honourable Attorney General of India on aspect of providing copies of entire communications between Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the Ministry ever since the UPA government came into power in the year 2009 (as also referred in enclosed news clipping)?...