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    The legality or otherwise of the amended rules needs to be tested through a PIL without any delay. The action of the karnataka SIC in recommending its implementation goes against the principle of natural justice that "No man shall be a judge in his own cause".


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    NEW DELHI: Even before the Right to Information Act has come into force,
    newindpress.com

    First RTI appointment runs into trouble
    wednesday September 21 2005 00.00 IST


    the very first and so far the only appointment made under it has provoked a controversy.

    Karnataka is the first state to have appointed its chief information commissioner as part of the independent appellate machinery that is required to be in place by October 12 in the states as well as the Centre.

    But questions are already being raised on the appointment of the commissioner by the Dharam Singh Government: K K Misra was appointed on July 30 immediately after his retirement as chief secretary of Karnataka.

    A local NGO, Ella Kannada Vedike International (E-KAVI), called upon the state Governor to suspend Misra immediately and initiate the process of his removal from office.

    Reason: Barely four months ago, the Karnataka High Court passed strictures on Misra in the PIL related to the Rs 2,250 crore Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project.

    The irony is, in its judgment delivered on May 3, the High Court directed that a complaint of perjury be filed against Misra for ``knowingly withholding important facts and documents from the Hon'ble High Court of Karnataka and making false statements in the affidavits filed in this Court.''

    E-KAVI alleged that a person who ``lies'' to the High Court of Karnataka``cannot be called a person of eminence in public life'' as envisaged by the RTI Act as a qualification for the post.

    Misra, when contacted in Bangalore, said: ``This is news to me. I didn't know these issues had been raised. I would like to comment only after seeing the representation.''

    Misra could well say in his defence that, within 10 days of the High Court verdict, the Supreme Court passed a stay on his prosecution. The appeal filed by Misra is still pending before the apex court.

    The NGO also questioned the wisdom of appointing a recently retired chief secretary as the chief information commissioner of the state.

    Since the information that is sought could relate to the period when he was himself chief secretary, Misra cannot be, it said, ``considered independent enough to be the final appellate authority'' under the RTI Act. The NGO contended that Misra cannot ``legally or morally'' decide such disputes.



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    Hi,

    Can someone post any further news on this matter? This is insane if its still there.

    After reading i got few Qs.

    1) "These rules may be called the Karnataka Right to Information (Amendment) Rules, 2008." the title says this. What i suppose from this, is, that the law will be applicable only to the karnataka state Org. and not the union govt. org like EPF or LIC or whatever operating in Karnataka.

    2) Next is, is the RTI Act, 2005 is also applicable to State run org. like BDA etc?


    Thanks
    nitin

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    Yes, this is still there. You and I may believe it to be unreasonable, but there are people who find this appreciable. Let's have respect for their opinion and not call this "insane".

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitinku5021a View Post
    Hi,

    Can someone post any further news on this matter? This is insane if its still there.

    After reading i got few Qs.

    1) "These rules may be called the Karnataka Right to Information (Amendment) Rules, 2008." the title says this. What i suppose from this, is, that the law will be applicable only to the karnataka state Org. and not the union govt. org like EPF or LIC or whatever operating in Karnataka.

    2) Next is, is the RTI Act, 2005 is also applicable to State run org. like BDA etc?


    Thanks
    nitin
    1. Yes, this ammendment it is still applicable.
    2. RTI Act is applicable to any Public Authority - under the Centre, State or the Legislature and Courts. Although the RTI Act is one and the same - each State, Legislature, Court have framed their own rules.

    The RTI Rules and Fees area available in the Guide segment of the forum:

    RTI Guide

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    so this means if i file my 1st appeal for PF statement @ bangalore, i should keep in mind these amendment.

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    Yes. Before applying in any state, go through the RTI Rules of that state. For members' convenience, all such rules are available n the guide section.

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    For PF no state specific rules apply. EPFO is a Central PA.

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