Plea in SC to bring CBI under ambit of transparency law
By Team Legistify / 2017-10-10

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A plea challenging the government’s 2011 decision to keep the CBI out of the ambit of the Right to Information Act has been moved to the Supreme Court, seeking an early hearing.The case was first filed in the Delhi High Court but later transferred to the top court after the Centre had said that several petitions in this regard have been filed in different high courts across the country.

A PIL was filed in 2011 in the Delhi High Court by advocate Ajay Agrawal, who had contested the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Rai Bareilly constituency against Congress President Sonia Gandhi.The high court, in July 2011, had issued notices to the government and the CBI as the advocate had alleged that the agency was brought out of the ambit of the RTI as he had sought information regarding documents relating to the politically-sensitive Bofors payoff scandal case.

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The government had told the high court that the exemption granted to the CBI under RTI was not a “blanket exemption” and does not warrant judicial interference.


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