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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Babus’ assets come under RTI Give Public Access To Info, Says CIC

Publication: Times Of India Delhi; Date: Jan 8, 2010; Section: Front Page; Page: 1

Viju B | TNN

Mumbai: After politicians and Supreme Court judges, now the assets of babus have been prised open to public scrutiny. In a landmark order, the Central Information Commission has said disclosure of information such as assets of a public servant, routinely collected by the public authority, should be made available to the public under the Right to Information Act.

Passing the order in a case of an officer with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi noted that such disclosure could not be construed as an invasion on the privacy of an individual and therefore, it should be made public under the Act.

Out In The Open

CIC says such info not ‘‘personal’’. Details of assets are collected routinely by public authorities

So far, disclosure of assets by babus an internal affair, between the official and his superior

CIC cites SC order that netas, who seek to be public servants by getting elected, declare property details

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