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Analysis of Decisions

In this section you will find critiques of FOI/RTI Rules and Regulations currently being developed in South Asian countries.

  Dear all, In July 2012 I had filed two requests for information under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) demanding information about two incidents of extra-judicial killing in which their personnel were involved. I had filed these requests within 10 days of a CRPF press release claiming that 18 deaths had occurred during their operations in Silger-Chintalnar area of Chhattisgarh State (1st attachment). According to media reports some of the deceased were juveniles as young as 12-15 years old. The Union Minister for Tribal Affairs is said to have condemned these incidents and the Home Ministry is said to have sought reports from the CRPF on this incident. But interest in this matter died down soon after with little reportin...Read more
Posted By : Suchismita Goswami
SummaryOn 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.Excerpt 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 ...Read more
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