In the light of a case wherein a woman by name KR Chitra was denied the right of information on the colleges and universities inspected by every member of the BCI with the date of inspection, the central commission proved that law is equal for all. Precisely, this lady wanted the complete list with the aforesaid details but was not provided with the same by BCI. The reply received from the BCI in the regard said that there were thousands of colleges under the list and hence it would be impossible to furnish the information required. Only specific information about a college or institution if requested could be furnished.
The Central commission therefore warned the Bar Council of India for not abiding to the mandatory proactive disclosure clause of RTI act. It mentioned that it was a breach of the RTI rules, that too by a reputed organization like BCI. It further added that Central Commission was apparently surprised by the act, wherein even though the information was available in the database, it was not shared by the BCI. The commission also mentioned that the allotted time of 10 years for fulfilling the obligation was already over.
The Commission also ordered the BCI to provide the 4(1)(b) compliant annual report as needed under section 19(8)(a)(vi). The section 4(1)(b) states that every public authority has to maintain it’s updated information in 17 specified categories and it needs to be posted on their relevant web page besides sharing it on the public domain as well.
The commission added, asking an explanation on the same that why they shouldn’t impose a heavy penalty for such a breach. Thus it is very clear that the law remains the same for one and all, be it the common man or biggie when its about Right to information.
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