The Central Information Commission (CIC) has issued show-cause notices to BJP president Amit Shah and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi along with the heads of four other political parties asking why an inquiry should not be instituted in the matter of non-compliance of its order to implement the Right to Information Act (RTI) Act.
Last year, on a plea by activist Subhash Agrawal, the CIC had declared six national parties — Congress, BJP, NCP, CPI, CPM and BSP — as public authorities, thereby bringing them under the ambit of the RTI Act. However, none of the parties either contested the decision in courts or followed the instructions of the panel.
The Commission had issued notices on February 7 and March 25 to these political parties seeking their detailed comments on the complaint by Agrawal that they had not complied with the orders of the CIC. The notice has been sent to the chiefs of Congress, BJP, BSP and NCP and to the general secretaries of CPI and CPM.