Wednesday, Jul 06, 2022
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Let's All Come To The Party

Transparency promotes democracy, more the reason for political parties to come under RTI Act’s purview

Let's All Come To The Party Jitender Gupta

There was great public outrage when legislators in Mumbai beat up an assistant police inspector because he stopped an MLA’s car for speeding on the Bandra-Worli sealink. The sentiment was: What arrogance! How can lawmakers have so little respect for the laws they themselves made? How­ever, the amendment in Parliament aimed at removing political parties from the purview of the RTI Act—after six political parties had been ordered by a statutory authority, the Central Information Commission (CIC), to appoint public information officers—makes the arrogance of the Maharashtra legislators seem insignificant. Now think what the MPs are telling the legislators in Maharashtra. If someone dares to stop you because you were speeding and breaking a law (that you yourself had enacted), it is not enough to just thrash them. You should immediately come back and amend the law, specifying that all legislators (and former legislators, and would-be legislators) are allowed to break the law, while all others must obey it.

The ‘intent’ of the RTI Act

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