R-Infra challenges to come under RTI ambit

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R-Infra challenges to come under RTI ambit
The recent discrepancy that took place with Reliance-Infrastructure about it not providing the asked information under the Right to Information Act, has taken another turn. Earlier, after receiving a complaint from a consumer of R-Infra not providing the information, the State Information Commission on July 19 ordered the company to be brought under the ambit of RTI in the Bombay High Court. However, taking a stand against the passed order, the company has challenged the order.

The action by SIC was taken after Anil Galgali complaint of not providing him the required information regarding the services he was enabling from the company. Galgali also stated that since the R-Infra was formed under the Company Act and performed like a public utility body, therefore R-Infra automatically comes under the ambit of RTI.

Therefore, considering charges to be valid, SIC, besides, asking the company passed an order in the Bombay High Court to bring the company under the ambit of RTI. It also asked the company to appoint a public information officer and an appellate officer. Although R-Infra defended saying that is not a government body, SIC argued that R-Infra despite being a private company, was providing an "essential public service" of electricity, which brings it under the act.

Therefore, with challenging the order, R-Infra is firm with its stance stating that it is neither a body nor institution of government established nor constituted by the Constitution of India. Further, it has also filed a petition stating, “R-Infra does not fall within the definition of a public authority as being owned, controlled or substantially financed by the funds provided by the government."

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