Plea in SC for amendment in RTI Act

New Delhi: A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Centre to amend the RTI Act for fixing time limit for disposal of appeals by the Central Information Commission and state information panels.

The plea has been filed by an RTI activist against an order of the Allahabad High Court, passed on October 5, 2015, dismissing his appeal on the issue.

RTI activist Rakesh Kumar Tewari, in his appeal filed through lawyer Shiv Kumar Tripathi, also sought a direction to various authorities in Uttar Pradesh "to supply the information as sought by the petitioner without putting conditions..." 

He sought information related to the departments of Sarju Nahar Khand at Gonda in Uttar Pradesh.

The plea alleged that there was rampant corruption in the departments of Sarju Nahar Kendra, Gonda.

It said that the petitioner needed information under the RTI "for exposing acts of omissions and commissions of the officials of concerned departments".

It also claimed that "information is being deliberately not supplied with oblique motives to protect the corrupt activities being carried on in department against the public interest and for the illegal and corrupt practice being adopted for the personal gain against the interest of the department." 

"All these has precipitated due to the inherent lacuna in the Right to Information Act, 2005 which does not prescribed any time limit within a fixed time without which the object and purpose for which the Act was enacted has become futile," the petition said, seeking a direction for the amendment in the transparency law.