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  1. Re: can we ask for matters covered under personal rights?


    Quote Originally Posted by abhi987 View Post
    If the information justifies larger public interest and cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature you cannot be denied.

    Abhi.
    I am afraid, you are wrong. Its not necessary that if any information cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature, you cannot be denied. Kindly check the Gujarat HC decision Reliance Industries V/s GIC and also the recent Delhi HC decision on Bhagat Singh.

    Further, Wajahat has also defined "intrusion of privacy" in a very decent manner. If the requested information fall in this category, even if it can be provided to the Parliament, it can be denied to you.

    Its no cake walk.

    The full bench decision on Section 8(1)(c) concerning parliamentary previlages is still pending before the CIC. Even if the CIC rules in the favor of disclosure, chances are that the information on "matters covered under personal rights" can still be exempted.

    Take care

    Manoj



  2. Re: can we ask for matters covered under personal rights?


    Hi Manoj,

    I appreciate your point of view. It indeed is debatable.

    The point is a parliamentarian may become a defense minister and by virtue of that he may have access to certain information which cannot be disclosed to one and all, which may have taken care of under one of the RTI Act sections (Section 8), but generally speaking if the personal information concerns the larger public interests one has a right to know, for example criminal record of a person who is a goverment servant.

    I think the basic spirit of RTI Act is that well, a citizen is the one who elects the government, may it be state or central, moreover the basic principle of democracy is that government is of the people, by the people and for the people.

    Hence a citizen if not superior is at par with the government elected by him.

    And so if the information justifies larger public interest and cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature you cannot be denied.

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