New Delhi: A day after the Central Information Commission (CIC) said political parties come under the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the complainants in the case and activists welcomed the decision and said they have filed a caveat with the Delhi high court on the issue asking that they should be informed of any challenge against the ruling.
“A caveat is filed in the Delhi high court that if any appeal is made against the decision with the Delhi high court then we should be informed about it first and allowed to give our representation,” Jagdeep Chhokar, founding member of the New Delhi-based Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR), one of the petitioners in the case, told reporters on Tuesday.
Political parties can challenge the CIC decision in a high court or the Supreme Court.
The activists said they are in the process of seeking the extension of the ruling to regional parties.
“Right now, this is applicable only to national parties but we are trying that this should be extended to regional parties as well. The process for it has already started,” said Anil Bairwal of ADR.
The CIC’s decision on Monday related to the six national parties that were respondents in the case—the ruling Congress party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, the Communist Party of India and the Bahujan Samaj Party.
Welcoming the decision, Subhash Chandra Agrawal, a veteran RTI activist and complainant in the case, said: “It is a landmark judgment and will have far-reaching implications. It will increase transparency in political parties, which in turn may help in curbing things like scams and corruption cases.”