The decision of the CIC will have far reaching implications! It is a well reasoned judgment citing earlier Supreme Court Decisions!
It basically permits Companies,HUFS and other groups to file appeals!
Even the news channels are saying companies are allowed to use RTI.
Please see: New Delhi: In a landmark decision, the Central Information Commission said that corporate entities seeking information should be allowed to use the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Earlier the RTI could only be used by natural citizens of the country.
The CIC was hearing an appeal by the managing director of an electric store in Guwahati, J C Talukdar. His RTI application had earlier been rejected by the Central Public Works Department in Kolkata.
The Commission has now referred to a number of Supreme Court decisions which treated corporate bodies at par with natural citizens under the law. The order opens up the RTI Act to associations and corporate entities across the country.
Observing that the RTI Act's objective is to secure access of information to all citizens to promote transparency and accountability, the CIC referred to a number of Supreme Court decisions which did not reject applications from corporate bodies on grounds that they were not natural citizens under the law.
"It is a fact that all superior courts have been admitting applications in exercise of their extraordinary jurisdiction from companies, societies and associations under the provisions of the Constitution of which the RTI Act, 2005 is child," the CIC observed.
It further noted that "if the courts could give relief to such entities, the PIOs (Public Information Officers) also should not throw them out on a mere technical ground that the applicant happens to be a legal person and not a citizen".
The Commission was hearing an appeal by J C Talukdar, managing director of an electric store in Guwahati, whose RTI application with the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) in Kolkata was earlier rejected.
It directed CPWD's Central Public Information Officer to consider Takukdar's application according to the effective provisions of the RTI Act within 30 days.
The order opens up the Act to associations and corporate entities all across the country.