Political parties under RTI: Congress rejects CIC order

June 04, 2013 03:49 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 11:20 pm IST - New Delhi

NEW DELHI, 17/05/2009: AICC General Secretary, Janardan Dwivedi addressing the media after CWC meeting at AICC Head Quarter, in New Delhi on Sunday. May 17, 2009. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.

NEW DELHI, 17/05/2009: AICC General Secretary, Janardan Dwivedi addressing the media after CWC meeting at AICC Head Quarter, in New Delhi on Sunday. May 17, 2009. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.

Congress on Tuesday rejected the >Central Information Commission order on bringing political parties under Right to Information ambit, contending that such “adventurist” approach would harm democratic institutions.

“It is not acceptable. We totally disagree with it. Such adventurist approach will create a lot of harm and damage to democratic institutions,” AICC General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters in New Delhi.

The Central Information Commission (CIC) on Monday held that the parties are public authorities and answerable to citizens under RTI Act.

The CIC, a quasi-judicial body, has said that six national parties Congress, BJP, NCP, CPI-M, CPI and BSP have been substantially funded indirectly by the Central government and they have the character of public authority under the RTI Act as they perform public functions.

After the order of the full bench of CIC, the parties will be answerable to the citizens regarding their source of funding, how they spend money and choice of candidates for elections, among other issues.

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