Indian Court Seeks Answers From Political Parties

8 July 2015

The Indian Supreme Court July 6 asked all six national political parties to explain why they should not be covered by the Right to Information Act, as determined by the Central Information Commission, according to media reports such as one in The Hindu.

The order by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu came following a plea by RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agarwal and the Association for Democratic Reforms to enforce the CIC decision. The Chief Justice gave the political parties six weeks to file their responses to the 2013 CIC determination  that they are “public authorities” under the RTI Act, and a 2015 CIC order.

The political parties have ignored compliance orders by the CIC but not appealed the decision.

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