17 December, 2019
Syllabus subtopic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
Prelims and Mains focus: about the RTI Act, 2005 and issues related to its abuse; office of Information Comissioners and the controversy around their appointment.
News: Flagging “fears” over the “abuse” of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Supreme Court Monday observed “there have been innumerable cases of blackmail, extortion in its working” which it wanted to address.
The remarks were made by a bench of Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant. The bench was hearing a plea by RTI activist Anjali Bharadwaj seeking direction to the Centre and states to implement the court’s direction earlier this year to appoint information commissioners (ICs) without further delay.
Court’s directive to the Centre
What did the court say regarding the abuse of RTI?
Right to Information (Amendment) Act, 2019
RTI vs Right to Privacy
RTI vs Official Secrets Act, 1923
Source: Indian Express
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