An NGO has moved the Supreme Court challenging the validity of the rules framed by the Allahabad High Court for disclosing information under the Right to Information Act.
The PIL,filed by Common Cause,submitted that the rules are in violation of the RTI Act as they prescribe exorbitant charges for revealing information.
If the rules drafted by Allahabad High Court are allowed to stand,it would negate the citizens right to information under the RTI Act and frustrate implementation of the latter. The RTI Act is a reflection of the will of the citizens of India that has been codified by the Parliament,and accepting rules repugnant to the provisions and object of the Act would render the RTI Act redundant, the petition said.
It said the rule of charging Rs 500 for each information is against the Act,prescribing reasonable fee to be charged from information seekers.