June 2019

RIGHT TO INFORMATION (r2i)

JINAL SANGHVI

part A I DECISIONS OF THE SUPREME COURT

  • Parties under RTI: Supreme Court notice to Centre, Election Commission

The Supreme Court on 15th April, 2019 issued notice to the Centre, the Election Commission and six national political parties the BJP, the Indian National Congress, NCP, CPI, CPI(M) and BSP on a writ petition that political parties be brought under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. The petitioner submitted that political parties held significant power and hold over the legislature and the executive as well as their own candidates. And this hold had been made absolute because of the power of political parties to disqualify elected MPs and MLAs under the Constitution (anti-defection law). He also submitted that political parties received huge sums of money from the public as donations and were not liable to pay any taxes and must, therefore, be made accountable to the public.

 

The petitioner pointed out that the political parties had defied the CIC order for several years and sought greater transparency and accountability in the functioning of all recognised national and regional political parties in the country. Great harm was being caused to public interest due to lack of transparency in the political system and the political parties; the electoral system was generating huge amounts of black money and large sums were being spent on every election, thus leading to violation of the citizen's rights under Article 14, 19(1)(a) and 21 of the Constitution.

 

(Source:https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/160419/parties-under-rti-supreme-court-notice-to-centre-election-commission.html)

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