CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION

  • Decide complaint against Sonia Gandhi in 6 months: Delhi HC to CIC August 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed the Central Information Commission to decide in six months a complaint against Congress President Sonia Gandhi on the issue of noncompliance of transparency panel's directions that the party was answerable under the RTI Act. Noted RTI activist RK Jain had approached the Commission...
  • CIC issues notice to six political parties on noncompliance February 10, 2014

    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 quasijudicial body on RTI Act, asked Congress, BJP, NCP, CPIM, CPI and BSP to provide...
  • Parliamentary panel to examine proposed changes in RTI Act November 4, 2013

    A parliamentary standing committee will commence proceedings on Wednesday to examine the amendment to the Right to Information Act which seeks to neutralise the verdict of the Central Information Commission (CIC). The amendment to the RTI Act is rooted in the June 3, 2013 verdict of the CIC. The CIC had held...
  • Citizens' right to privacy should be protected, stresses Pranab Mukherjee September 2, 2013

    Lauding the role of Right to Information Act in promoting transparency, President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday stressed on adequate safeguards to protect the "inviolable rights to privacy" of a citizen. The President also said government must do everything possible to create "an informed citizenry which is vital for the functioning of...
  • RTI Amendment Bill to keep parties out of its ambit tabled in Lok Sabha August 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Minister of State, PMO, V Narayansamy on Monday tabled the Right to Information (RTI) Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha which will kepp political parties out of its ambit. The bill will be taken up for discussion in Parliament in aweek's time. All the political parties have joined hands...
  • RTI Amendment Bill likely to be tabled in Lok Sabha today August 12, 2013

    New Delhi: The Right to Information (RTI) Amendment Bill is likely to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Monday. All the political parties have joined hands to oppose Central Information Commission's order, which said that six major political parties including Congress, BJP, NCP, CPM, CPI and BSP are public...
  • The Last Word: Are politicians right in demanding special status in terms of the RTI act as well as election laws? August 2, 2013

    The Cabinet on Thursday cleared the proposal to keep political parties out of the Right to Information Act ambit. ...
  • Govt should have approached HC instead of clearing proposal to amend RTI act: ExCIC August 2, 2013

    The Cabinet on Thursday cleared a proposal to amend the RTI act to keep political parties out of its ambit. ...
  • News 360: Cabinet clears proposal to keep political parties out of RTI ambit August 1, 2013

    If the ordinance to amend the RTI Act is passed by Parliament, political parties will no longer be answerable to RTI queries. ...
  • Cabinet clears proposal to keep political parties out of RTI Act ambit August 1, 2013

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Thursday cleared the proposal to keep political parties out of the ambit of the Right to Information Act (RTI). Following the clearance, an ordinance to amend the RTI Act will be prepared to declare that political parties are not public authorities. If the ordinance is...
  • Cabinet to discuss amendments to RTI Act to keep political parties out August 1, 2013

    The Union Cabinet will on Thursday discuss the amendment to the Right To Information (RTI) Act to keep political parties out of its ambit. The Cabinet will seek to ratify the amendments proposed which is likely to be notified as an ordinance. Most political parties have given its nod to...
  • BCCI asked to submit details of its land and buildings: report July 25, 2013

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the 29 members that come under its ambit have been asked by the Central Information Commission (CIC) to submit the details of the land and buildings occupied by them, a report on ESPNCricinfo said. According to the report, CIC has asked...
  • Govt to disclose expenditure incurred on Vajpayee's treatment June 9, 2013

    New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has directed the Health Ministry to make public expenses incurred on the treatment of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee within 15 days. While hearing a petition of an RTI applicant who sought details of funds spent on treatment of the 88yearold ailing BJP leader,...
  • Political parties receive crores of rupees, wary of RTI June 6, 2013

    New Delhi: Several big political parties such as the Congress and BJP collect a huge amount of money from donations but it's difficult to know about the donors. While protesting against bringing them under the RTI, the parties claim they give all details about donations to the income tax department....
  • 'CIC's RTI decision open to debate' June 5, 2013

    Information Commissioner Annapurna Dixit has defended the CIC's ruling that national parties be placed within the ambit of the RTI. ...
  • Explain reasons for withholding Jinnah's speeches: CIC to govt June 5, 2013

    New Delhi: The CIC has asked the government to take a view on disclosure of two speeches made by Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah during preindependence era which are in the archives of All India Radio and explain the reasons for withholding them if it intends to do so. Chief Information...
  • CIC has misinterpreted RTI bill: Chidambaram June 4, 2013

    Finance Minister P Chidamabram said that the intention of the RTI bill was not to apply to political parties but to public authorities. ...
  • Political parties oppose CIC's move to bring them under RTI Act June 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Political parties have come out opposing the Central Information Commission order bringing political parties under jurisdiction of the Right to Information Act. The Janata Dal United and the Communist Party of India Marxist have slammed the decision saying the CIC exceeded its brief. "The CIC has acted outside...
  • Cricket World Cup tax exemption papers to be made public October 26, 2012

    New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has directed the Income Tax department to make public documents related to tax exemption given to the ICC World Cup held last year in the country. Information Commissioner Rajiv Mathur directed the department to make public the documents placed before the Union Cabinet last...
  • Judicial people must head information panels: SC September 13, 2012

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has held that the Central Information Commission and state information panels are forums performing quasijudicial functions and these should be headed and manned by people with judicial background. "We are of the considered view that it is an unquestionable proposition of law that the commission is...
  • DDA ordered to pay Rs 3,000 damages to RTI applicant May 31, 2012

    New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to hand out a compensation of Rs 3,000 to an RTI applicant for providing "misleading information" which caused her mental and physical harassment. Laxmi Aggarwal had filed a right to information (RTI) application with the DDA on March...
  • Give black money details: CIC to Prez Secretariat January 9, 2012

    New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has directed the President's Secretariat to disclose details of correspondence among various ministries and the Delhi Police related to black money. The order came following an appeal by an RTI applicant who had sought to know the action taken on the letters written by him...
  • RTI: Petitioner's death won't stop info flow October 5, 2011

    New Delhi: In a move to protect the Right to Information (RTI) activists in the country, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has adopted a new resolution. According to the resolution, if an RTI activist is murdered or assaulted the information that he was seeking will automatically need to be put up...
  • President to decide on declaring her assets: CIC June 17, 2011

    New Delhi: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has suggested that it is for the President of India to take a call on placing her and her family's property details in public domain. Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi underlined the fact that he had no powers under the RTI act to pass any...
  • Make public info about Radia in 2G scam: CIC May 23, 2011

    New Delhi: The Central Information Commission on Monday directed the CBI to make public information related to corporate lobbyist Niira Radia in the ongoing spectrum allocation scam investigations, overruling the agency's argument that the disclosure would affect probe. The case relates to a Lucknowbased RTI applicant Tanya Thakur who had sought...
  • JK man missing for 20 years, CIC pulls up BSF July 6, 2010

    New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has come down heavily on the Border Security Force and asked it to disclose all information regarding a missing Kashmiri man. It has been nearly 20 years since Mohammad Ashraf Yatoo, an employee with the Jammu and Kashmir civil supplies department went missing from his...
  • CIC helps RTI activist get info from MNIT March 22, 2010

    Jaipur: Denial of information or delay in giving it is a common complaint from RTI applicants. Now, the Central Information Commission has penalised an official in Jaipur for delaying answers to an RTI. After about 20 RTI applications Dr SD Bharati is finally hopeful of getting what he wants from Jaipur's...
  • SC gives itself a break, stays right to info order December 4, 2009

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday stayed a Central Information Commission (CIC) direction asking it to reveal information about the appointment of three judges to the apex court by superseding senior judges. The apex court also stayed another CIC order, which had directed disclosure of communication between Chief Justice of...
  • Political parties must make IT returns public: CIC April 30, 2008

    New Delhi: In an important order the Central Information Commission (CIC) has ruled that all political parties should make their Income Tax returns public. From now on political parties across the political spectrum know that their IT returns will be in public domain. The Income Tax Department will have to let the...
  • Babus block RTI and get away with it December 11, 2007

    New Delhi: Bureaucrats are blocking RTI and they are not even being penalized for it. There are files that have remained shut for years and will remain shut in the RTI office, because the babus don't want to give access to people with queries, despite the much hyped Right to...