Amendments to RTI Act under apex court lens

Amendments to RTI Act under apex court lens

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New Delhi, Jan 31: The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear Indian National Congress leader and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh's plea challenging the 2019 Amendment in Right To Information (RTI) Act granting absolute power to the Centre to prescribe the salaries, allowances, and terms and conditions of service of Information Commissioners.

The top court granted four weeks time to the Centre to file its response on the plea of Mr Ramesh who alleged that amendment brought in RTI Act is illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional.

A bench, headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud, agreed to hear the petition filed by Mr Ramesh. "We will hear the petition," ruled the bench.

Ramesh had said, "Has RTI Act's new amendments 'empowered' the government?" (UNI)