Shailesh Gandhi who is currently the honourary chairman of the Technical Advisory Committee set up by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai to advise on RTI, had in 2012 sought Pawar’s I-T returns.
The Supreme Court bench was hearing a petition filed by the Gujarat Government challenging the 2012 order of the High Court directing it to pay compensation to over 500 shrines damaged during the post-Godhra riots.
When the RTI Act was enacted, it was never visualised that politicial parties would be brought within the ambit of the transparency law, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in an affidavit in the apex court.
In a big relief for industrialists Gopal and Sushil Ansal, the Supreme Court on Wednesday let the brothers walk free without any further jail term in the 1997 Uphaar fire tragedy, which had claimed 59 lives and left more than a hundred injured.
Appearing for UP, senior advocate Sibal contended there was already an inquiry commission in place to probe the Allahabad HC has not given any independent reasons while handing over the probe to the CBI.
The bench was responding to a submission by AG Mukul Rohatgi, who said Constitution does not state that right to privacy is a fundamental right, and the issue needs to be considered by a Constitution Bench.