Aruna Roy (of the NAC) and Nikhil Dey in the Indian Express on the UPA's decision to remove the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) law:
The UPA must understand the message it is giving the country by placing the premier anti-corruption agency under wraps. It is only feeding into the allegations that the CBI has become the “Congress Bureau of Investigation”. The political fallout of this decision extends beyond the CBI. The RTI Act has been one of the outstanding successes of the UPA government. There have already been numerous attempts from within to undermine it. This move threatens to push the RTI Act into a black hole and wipe out the new sunshine of transparency. In the current debate about an effective Lokpal, the government will find it impossible to convince the country that it is serious about fighting corruption. Exempting the CBI casts a shadow on the UPA’s stated intent to promote a transparent and accountable system. The people must protest vociferously to get this unjustified decision reversed.
Read at the Indian Express: Where no sunlight goes