As reported by Express News Service on expressindia.com on 28 February 2008:
DC ‘invites’ RTI applications in English or Punjabi, gets HC notice - Latest News - Thursday , February 28, 2008 at 12:03:28
DC ‘invites’ RTI applications in English or Punjabi, gets HC notice


Ludhiana, February 27 In response to a Public Interest Litigation, the Division Bench of Punjab & Haryana High Court, comprising Chief Justice Vajinder Jain and Justice Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia, issued a notice to Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner, Punjab Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary Information Technology. The PIL brought to the court’s attention a notice outside the DC’s office that clearly mentioned that applications under the RTI Act could only be submitted in English or Punjabi.

Hitendra Jain, general secretary of Resurgence India, which filed the PIL, said, “This is in violation of Section 6 (1) of the RTI Act which specifically allows RTI applications in Hindi, English and regional language. In addition to this, the notice is also in violation of Article 350 of the Constitution of India and Section 7 of the Punjab Official Languages Act, 1967, both of which allow citizens to file their communications for redressal of grievances in Hindi in addition to English and other languages used in the state.”

“The directions issued by the DC are also an insult to the national language and hence we sought attention of the High Court by way of a PIL,” he added.


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