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BJD is beyond RTI Act : State Info Commission

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OST Bureau
Bhubaneswar,Dec 13 :

The State Information Commission today rejected three petitions seeking to bring the ruling Biju Janata Dal under the purview of the Right To Information (RTI) Act.

The Commission, while disposing of the petitions filed by RTI activist Biswajit Mohanty and two others said the BJD did not constitute a public authority and therefore could not be subjected to the provisions of the RTI Act.

However, the Commission also observed that the matter was beyond their mandate and the petitioners can move the Central Information Commission (CIC) if they so desire.

The petitioners had presented a set of arguments in support of their contention.

Interestingly, one of their arguments was that as many as 11 members of the council of ministers including the chief minister were office bearers of the ruling BJD party and enjoyed several privileges and perks due to their official position as ministers. Therefore, they should be subjected to public scrutiny through the RTI Act.