New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Tuesday stayed an order passed by the Central Information Commission (CIC) allowing the disclosure of names of institutional donors to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of Delhi high court, G. Rohini, stayed the operation of the CIC order and said it would be considered at a later date.

The court was hearing an appeal brought by Aseem Takyar, a right to information activist, against a single-judge order upholding disclosure of names of institutional donors to the fund. On 19 November 2015, justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw dismissed a plea seeking quashing of an order passed by the CIC, which had allowed the disclosure and publishing of names of institutional donors to the fund from time to time.

“In our view, unless the donor has desired his donation to be kept confidential and secret, disclosure of the list of donors periodically may be a good idea. At least the names of institutional donors should surely be published," the CIC had said in its order of 6 June, 2015.

The CIC’s order came in response to an RTI application filed by Takyar which sought details of the donors to and beneficiaries of the PM’s Relief Fund between 2009 and 2011.

The court will hear the matter next on 13 February 2017.

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