RTI

  • CBI need to be transparent; should be under RTI Act: Former VC 16-04-2014 06:31 PM

    New Delhi: Advocating for bringing CBI under purview of RTI Act, former Vigilance Commissioner R Srikumar on Wednesday said the probe agency will never get "hurt" by revealing the truth it gathered in its probe and should win heart of the people by opening itself for public scrutiny. "The CBI...
  • CBI is seen as government's hatchet: Gopalkrishna Gandhi 15-04-2014 05:26 PM

    New Delhi: CBI was in for some harsh words on Tuesday when former Governor of West Bengal Gopalkrishna Gandhi said the central probe agency had gained notoriety as "government's hatchet" and "department of dirty tricks" which was clothed in "opacity" with perfume of "mystery". Delivering 15th DP Kohli Memorial Lecture...
  • HC stays order to register FIR against state minister Ajay Chandrakar 11-04-2014 12:10 AM

    Chhattisgarh High Court on Thursday stayed a lower court's order, which had asked the police to register a First Information Report against the Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Ajay Chandrakar for possessing assets disproportionate to the known sources of income. Justice Pritinkar Diwakar on Thursdaystayed "effect and operation" of lower...
  • Nagma clarifies her stance on slapping youth at election rally for molestation 02-04-2014 06:40 PM

    On reports that she slapped a youth during an election rally last week when he tried to come too close to her, Nagma said that she was just trying to push him. She also accused her opponents' for creating disturbances during her rallies and meetings. Asked if she is getting...
  • Bombay HC asks government to consider PIL seeking to share 'Aadhaar' data with EC 14-03-2014 05:45 PM

    The Bombay High Court on Friday asked the union government and the Election Commission of India to consider a PIL seeking to share data collected during the process of issuance of Aadhar cards with the EC which can subsequently use it to register voters. The PIL filed by NGO 'Matoshri...
  • Congress to release manifesto for 2014 LS polls on March 21 14-03-2014 05:37 PM

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi will release on March 21 the party's manifesto for Lok Sabha polls which is expected to promise some new right-based laws for health and employment besides specific pronouncements for employment generation and focus on manufacturing sector. "Our manifesto is nearing finality. We will release it on...
  • BJP's MP unit gets notice for non-compliance of RTI mechanism 11-03-2014 05:15 PM

    Madhya Pradesh Information Commission on Tuesday directed issuance of notice to state BJP unit for alleged non-compliance of RTI mechanism at its office here. The action came following a complaint by RTI activist Ajay Dubey, who approached the State Information Commission (SIC) after he allegedly did not find any mechanism...
  • Kejriwal's oath-taking ceremony cost Rs 13.41 lakhs 09-03-2014 02:42 PM

    The Delhi government spent Rs 13.41 lakh on the oath-taking ceremony of Arvind Kejriwal as Delhi Chief Minister at Ramlila Maidan and on the publicity of the mammoth function. In response to a RTI, the Delhi government's General Administration Department said it had spent Rs 6.33 lakh on the Ramlila...
  • Both Modi, Kejriwal have the 'my way or highway' attitude: Raj Babbar 06-03-2014 07:04 PM

    New Delhi: Congress leader Raj Babbar on Thursday accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of practising self-centred politics and adopting an attitude of "my way or highway". Without taking the name of Modi, he said 'my way or highway' used to be a theory in the West where Mafias used...
  • Kolkata's sex workers get RTI centre 03-03-2014 10:52 PM

    New Delhi: With a view to providing information to sex workers, a Right to Information (RTI) centre was set up on Monday at a red-light area in Kolkata on the occasion of International Sex Workers Day. The RTI centre was set up by the Durbar Mahila Samanway Committee (DMSC), a...
  • KMSS President Akhil Gogoi arrested 02-03-2014 10:26 AM

    Guwahati: Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) President and RTI activist Akhil Gogoi has been arrested by the Assam Police. Police made the arrest around Saturday midnight. Gogoi has been arrested under non-bailable sections after an FIR was filed by the father of a person who immolated himself in Guwahati. The...
  • Aam Aadmi Party declares its first candidate from Gujarat 27-02-2014 09:38 PM

    Releasing its second list of candidates for the 2014 general election, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) declared its first candidate from Junagadh Lok Sabha seat in Gujarat on Thursday. "Atul Shekhda (46) a farmer from Junagadh will contest against BJP's charge-sheeted MP Dinu Bogha Solanki, an accused in RTI activist Amit...
  • Amit Jethwa murder case: SC grants bail to BJP MP Dinubhai Solanki 25-02-2014 12:09 PM

    New Delhi: In a major relief to Gujarat BJP leader Dinubhai Solanki, the Supreme Court on Tuesday granted him bail in the Amit Jethwa murder case. Jethwa, a RTI activist, was shot dead by unidentified persons outside the Gujarat High Court in July 2010. He was reportedly exiting a building...
  • AAP makes anti-graft activist as campaign committee head in Andhra 11-02-2014 01:22 PM

    Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday announced the formation of its Andhra Pradesh state campaign committee with noted anti-corruption and RTI activist B Ramakrishna Raju as the convener. The committee will coordinate and oversee all AAP activities in the state until the upcoming elections. Raju is a former convener of National...
  • Negligible representation of Muslims in UP Police, reveals RTI 10-02-2014 10:48 PM

    Recent data released by the Uttar Pradesh government about representation of Muslims in Police force flies in the face of the claims made by government and political parties about uplift of the community. According to the recent data, only two per cent Sub-Inspectors (SI), three per cent Head Constables and...
  • CIC issues notice to six political parties on non-compliance 10-02-2014 05:16 PM

    New Delhi: Central Information Commission has issued notices to six national parties seeking details of action taken by them to implement Right to Information Act in accordance with its directions issued last year. The Commission, a quasi-judicial body on RTI Act, asked Congress, BJP, NCP, CPI-M, CPI and BSP to...
  • Former JDU minister Parveen Amanullah joins AAP 06-02-2014 07:10 PM

    Parveen Amanullah, Bihar's first woman Muslim minister who quit the cabinet two days ago, on Thursday joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), saying she wanted the AAP to govern Bihar. Amanullah, who was the social welfare minister in Nitish Kumar's cabinet, resigned from the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and the government...
  • Watch: 'Chakravyuh', award winning animation film on RTI 06-02-2014 01:16 PM

    New Delhi: Animator-director Dhvani Desai's animation film 'Chakravyuh' has been appreciated at different film festivals. The film spreads awareness about the use of RTI. It has been produced by Films Division. ...
  • File FIRs against 25 leaders named by Kejriwal, make him witness: RTI plea 04-02-2014 11:30 AM

    New Delhi: An RTI activist has filed a plea in the Delhi Anti-Corruption Bureau seeking FIRs against the 25 MPs named by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at a party meet recently. The CM had called it his list of corrupt politicians. Vivek Garg said in his application that Kejriwal must...
  • Decision to honour Sachin with Bharat Ratna taken in 24 hours, reveals RTI 03-02-2014 08:22 AM

    The process of conferring the country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna on batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was initiated on the first day of his farewell 200th cricket Test on November 14, 2013 and the announcement made two days later, according to an RTI reply. A message was sent to Sports...
  • AG finds irregularities worth crores in Naxal-hit Bastar 28-01-2014 03:13 PM

    Various alleged administrative and financial irregularities worth crores have been pointed out in execution of development works in worst Naxal-hit Bastar district of Chhattisgarh by state Accountant General. In its sample inspection, AG officials found that works worth over Rs 14 crore under Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF) were pending...
  • Over 15,000 RTI appeals, complaints pending with State Information Commission 19-01-2014 02:31 PM

    Over 15,000 appeals and complaints filed by various applicants under the RTI Act are pending with Madhya Pradesh State Information Commission (MPSIC), which is without its chief and others commissioners for over a year. As many as 15,130 cases- 13,098 appeals and 2,032 complaints, under the Right to Information Act...
  • Congress will win 2014 elections under Rahul's leadership: PM 17-01-2014 01:27 PM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed confidence that the party will win in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls under the leadership of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. "Rahul has instilled confidence in the minds of party workers. Under his leadership, we will win 2014 polls," he said. Speaking at...
  • Lokayukta closed probe in corruption cases against MP ministers before Assembly polls 10-01-2014 05:34 PM

    Probe in eight cases of alleged irregularities against former and present Madhya Pradesh ministers were closed by state Lokayukta before recent held Assembly elections. The Lokayukta has closed investigation in a case against Ajay Vishnoi, former Health and Education Minister, and Jayant Mallaya, Minister for Water Resources, Finance and Commercial...
  • CBI files chargesheet against BJP MP in RTI activist murder case 21-12-2013 06:10 PM

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday filed a chargesheet against Bharatiya Janta Party's (BJP) MP from Junagarh Dinu Solanki in the murder case of RTI activist Amit Jethwa. The BJP MP from Junagarh was earlier questioned by the CBI in connection with Jethwa's murder case in...
  • Najeeb Jung appointed Delhi Lieutenant Governor from outside panel of suggested names 20-12-2013 05:20 PM

    Former Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Milia University Najeeb Jung was appointed Delhi's Lieutenant Governor from outside a panel of five names which was earlier prepared by the Home Ministry. In reply to an RTI query, filed by activist Subhash Chandra Agarwal, the government revealed that initially a list of five names...
  • Private contractor allegedly gets man abducted, tortured with cigarette butts for filing RTI 20-12-2013 08:09 AM

    A man was abducted and tortured by unidentified persons allegedly at the behest of a private contractor after he filed an RTI application seeking information about the quality of work being carried out by him. "A case was filed against unknown persons and a manhunt launched to nab them," said...
  • Parliament panel backs Bill to keep parties out of RTI 17-12-2013 04:51 PM

    New Delhi: A parliamentary panel on Tuesday supported passage of a Bill which seeks to keep political parties out of the ambit of the RTI Act and negate a Central Information Commission (CIC) order to that effect under the transparency law. "The committee considers the proposed amendment is a right...
  • Bihar: RTI activist told to cough up Rs 1.34 crore 28-11-2013 08:36 PM

    Shiv Prakash Rai, who has been using the Right to Information to access government documents for scrutiny, was shocked when officials in Bihar told him that he would have to cough up Rs 1.34 crore to inspect documents on land registration. Rai, in his early 50s, approached the inspector general...
  • BJP is a master in corruption, does nothing for the poor: Rahul Gandhi 28-11-2013 03:52 PM

    While urging the voters to bring "the right party" to power,Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi took a dig at BJP during a rally in Banswara in poll-bound Rajasthan on Thursday. He said,"Dalits, poor and adivasis not only need road, airports, railways for their development but also need education. BJP just...