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2 J. Nat'l L. U. Delhi 115 (2014)
Decoding Public Authority under the RTI Act: A Comment on Subhash Chandra Aggarwal v. Indian National Congress

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DECODING PUBLIC AUTHORITY UNDER

   THE RTI ACT: A COMMENT ON SUBHASH

   CHANDRA A GGAR WAL v. INDIAN NATIONAL

                        CONGRESS

                        Mathew Idiculla *

    The June, 2013 order of the Central Information Commission
    (CIC') in Subhash Chandra Aggarwal v. Indian National
    Congress which brought political parties within the scope of the
    Right to Information (RTI) Act, has highlighted some issues
    regarding the drafting and interpretation of the RTI Act. The CIC
    held that the six national political parties which were respondents
    in the case, have the ingredients that qualify them as 'public
    authorities within the meaning of section 2(h) of the RTI Act. In
    this comment the author argues that the reasoningfor holding what
    constitutes substantial financing that makes a body a 'public
    authority is not clear and the interpretation of the definition of
    'public authority is inconsistent.

I.  INTRODUCTION ......................................................................................... 115
II. THE DEFINITION OF PUBLIC AUTHORITY ................................................ 116
III. POLITICAL PARTIES AS PUBLIC AUTHORITIES:
    THE REASONING IN SUBHASH CHANDRA A GGAR WAL ............................... 118
IV. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS .............................................................................. 123

                        I. INTRODUCTION

    The Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) has been, for very
justifiable reasons, celebrated as one of the most revolutionary legislations
passed by the Parliament in the recent past. The legislation, which was a
result of a sustained public campaign by Mazdoor Kissan Shakti Sanghatan,


* Graduate Fellow, School of Policy and Governance, Azim Premji University, Bangalore.

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