Giving judgement on policy of organisations not envisaged under RTI: HC

The Delhi High Court has said
that giving judgment on the
policy framework of an
organisation and directing
change of policies are not
envisaged under the Right to
Information (RTI) Act. The
observation came as the
court set aside a Central
Information Commission
(CIC) direction to the Centre
to revise the present policy
for selection of meritorious
students under the ‘Bal Shree
scheme’.

Justice Jayant Nath quashed
the CIC’s November 11, 2018
order to the Human Resource
Development Ministry. He
said, the directions were
clearly beyond the statutory
framework and powers of the
CIC.

The Ministry filed an appeal,
contending that the CIC order
was bad in law as the
direction given was beyond
the scope, purview and ambit
of the RTI Act.

The CIC order had come on
an RTI applicant’s plea to the
National Bal Bhawan, seeking
details regarding the age limit
for Bal Bhawan membership
and whether it was necessary
for being eligible for a ‘Bal
Shree award’