Bangladesh Court Upholds Penalty for Impeding Access

10 February 2012

The High Court of Bangladesh on Feb. 8 upheld an Information Commission fine for a  government official who refused to provide information under the 2009 Right to Information Act.

The court rejecting a petition filed by a government official challenging the Commission’s decision to fine him Tk. 1,000 ($12).

The ruling was hailed as the first court validation of the Commission’s power  to fine  and to complel the release of the contested material.

The chief information commissioner (CIC), Muhammad Zamir, told The Independent that the “historic” verdict will be the milestone to establish right to know.

The case involved a denied request for information on whether a suspect in a murder case had been undergoing treatment at health center.

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