Rohith Vemula’s death: HRD Ministry rejects RTI query to make panel findings public

Rohith Vemula’s death: HRD Ministry rejects RTI query to make panel findings public: The Human Resource Development Ministry has reportedly rejected an RTI appeal that asked for the Roopanwala commission’s report on the death of University of Hyderabad (UoH) research scholar Rohith Vemula to be made public. According to a PTI report, the HRD ministry stated…

Plugging the RTI Act loopholes

On the face of it, the Right to Information (RTI) Act has empowered the citizen to a large extent. However, it seems obvious that the RTI has not been understood properly, given that the impulse to take shelter under the Official Secrets Act (by the Executive), the Parliament Privileges (by the Legislature), the Contempt of…

Provide info even if it’s available on official website: SIC to PIOs

The State Information Commission (SIC) has directed all Public Information Officers (PIOs) to provide information sought under J&K RTI Act 2009, even if such information is available on the official website. The SIC issued the directions in case of Imityaz Ahmad who was denied information for several months. An Information seeker Imtiyaz Ahmad Rather of Dursuma district…

Challenge against Rajasthan High Court RTI Rules; Court issues Notice on Law Student’s Plea [Read Petition]

A Division Bench of Rajasthan High Court on Monday issued notice to the Registrar General of the High Court, on a petition challenging the Court’s RTI Rules. The petition, filed by a law student, Dharma Raj, challenges the Rajasthan Right to Information (High Court and Subordinate Courts) Rules, 2006, as being ultra vires the Right…