Attorney General’s office is public authority under RTI Act: Delhi High Court
Stating that even under common parlance the office of the Attorney General of India has always been understood to mean a “constitutional authority,” the Delhi High Court on Tuesday refused to accept that this office was outside the ambit of the Right to Information Act and further directed it to reconsider the RTI application that it had rejected on these grounds.
The issue came into question when a petition challenging an order by the Central Information Commission was up for hearing before the single Bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru. The CIC had held that the office of the AGI was not a public authority under Section 2(h) of the RTI Act. The petition was also challenging a letter by the AGI refusing all information to the petitioner under the RTI act.“An office that is established under the Constitution would clearly fall within the definition of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act…,” said Justice Vibhu Bakhu while rejecting AGI’s arguments.