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HC: All public interest information covered under RTI

All public interest information covered under RTI, rules HC

Express News Service

Posted: Fri Jan 14 2011, 00:18 hrs

Chandigarh: In a crucial judgment, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear that "only that information is exempted, the disclosure of which, has no relationship to any public interest" from the purview of Right to Information Act.

Justice MS Sullar today delivered the judgment while dismissing an appeal filed by one DP Jangra, District Food and Supplies Controller, Yamuna Nagar, Haryana.

The appellant had sought quashing of an order of the Haryana State Information Commission which had allowed a petition filed by one Shamsher Singh.

The petitioner (Shamsher Singh) had sought information under the RTI Act with regard to expenditure incurred on movable and immovable properties of Jangra.

Showing conviction in the demand, the State Information Commission had directed the authorities to furnish the said information. Aggrieved, Jangra moved the High Court.

Dismissing his appeal, Justice Sullar today ruled, "The information contained in the property statement has direct relationship with the public employment of the petitioner (Jangra) and cannot possibly be termed as unwarranted invasion of his privacy.

Therefore, the information sought cannot be termed to be exempted information as escalated under Section 8 (e ) (j) of the RTI Act, particularly when, what is not disputed here is that the petitioner being a public servant was required and submitted his detailed properties statement".

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For FULL Judgment clik at: http://lobis.nic.in


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