Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Commonwealth Games panel approaches Delhi HC against Centre

Commonwealth Games panel approaches Delhi HC against Centre

New Delhi, Dec 09: The organising committee for 2010 Commonwealth Games and the Centre are at loggerheads in the Delhi High Court as the panel has challenged the government's decision of declaring it a public authority, liable to disclose information under Right to Information Act.

The committee, which is charged with responsibility to conduct Commonwealth Games, has contended that it is an independent and autonomous body, not liable to reveal information under RTI Act.

"Petitioner Society (the committee) does not fulfill the criteria of being declared a State under Article 12 of the Constitution and hence it could not be declared a Public Authority under the RTI Act," the organising committee pleaded before Justice G S Sistani.

"It does not fulfill the criteria of being declared a State under Article 12 of the Constitution and hence it could not be declared a Public Authority under the RTI Act," it said.

Additional Solicitor General P P Malhotra, however, said that almost whole budgetary support to the project is provided by the government and the Committee cannot take the plea that it is an independent body.

"The Centre is providing not only substantial upfront funds but also has undertaken to meet the shortfall between its revenue and expenditure," Malhotra said.

"The audit report of the body for the year 2005-06 shows that out of total receipt of Rs 52.72 crore, it received Rs 52.58 crore from government sources. This proves that the petitioner is receiving almost its entire funding from government sources," he said while justifying the government's decision.

Bureau Report

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