Does Constitution Club come under RTI Act?
A tug-of-war is on between the office of the Lok Sabha Speaker and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, the BJP MP, who claims as secretary of Constitution Club that Club does not come under the Right to Information Act.
The Central Information Commission full bench will decide in August whether the Constituion Club, which is under the Lok Sabha Secretariat, comes under the perview of the RTI Act.
CIC summoned the Lok Sabha Secretariat to depose in the first week of July, but the secretariat quietly passed on the RTI questionnaire to Constitution Club. It claimed that it is an autonomous body and does not come under RTI and declined to provide answers. Interestingly the Constitution Club is headed by Rudy. The RTI applicant is Subash Chandra Agarwal.
Constitution Club is a registered society, and the governing council consists of MPs of CPM, Congress, RJD, BJP and four former MPs. It recently let out a parking space to a coffee stall, which has come under criticism and also attracted 25 RTI applications.
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