November 20, 2009

RTI Basics

Filed under: Uncategorized — Fighting Legal Terror @ 12:52 pm

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The SC has ruled that RTI is a Fundamental Right.

Here is a link to the judgment.

Here is an excerpt from the judgment:


People’s Union for Civil Liberties and another


Union of India and others

S. B. Sinha

06 Jan 2004

“Right of information is a fundamental right under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. The State under Clause (2) of Article 19 of the Constitution, however, is entitled to impose reasonable restrictions inter alia in the interest of the State. How far and to what extent the same should be balanced is the question involved in these appeals which arise out of judgments and orders dated 30th January, 1997 passed by the High Court of Judicature at Bombay in Writ Petition Nos. 1785 and 1792 of 1996″

Remember this ! The Govt authority needs to provide information within 48Hrs if rights under life and liberty are affected. An RTI is a useful weapon if your loved ones are being held by the police.

RTI application forms and appeals from Mahadhikar

An example:

Here is the article in the Newsweek about RTI

Here are some links:

Here is the document that gives you the basics on filing an RTI: RTI Basics

RTI presentation from GOI: RTI Presentation

NCPRI RTI Primer: NCPRI RTI Primer (12Page version)

Here is a template for the RTI for the police: RTI Template For The Police

Example of an RTI: RTI Example

You will find more templates at this website: Protect India Family Foundation

Here is the document that details the complete act: RTI Act 2005

Here is another document: CHRI Guide to using RTI

Here is another doc from Transparency International: Using RTI To Fight Corruption

RTI links from the Pondy police website. They have forms etc: Pondy police RTI


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