CIC brings political parties under RTI ambit

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A full bench of Central Information Commission (CIC) comprising Chief Information Commissioner S.Mishra and Information Commissioners M.L. Sharma and Annapurna Dixit gave a landmark judgement ordering that the political parties fall under the ambit of Right to Information Act (RTI).

In October 2010, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) had filed RTIs with various National Political Parties seeking information regarding the contributions (donations) that were received by them.

In response, all National Political Parties, barring CPI, refused to divulge any information by putting forth the alibi that they did not come under RTI.

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