The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court last week issued notice to Maharashtra Government and Nagpur Police on a plea filed by a 61-year-old man, who was summoned for questioning after he filed an application under Right to Information (RTI) Act related to the security provided to headquarters of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Nagpur..Lalan Kishore Singh, who claimed to be a daily wager and an activist, prayed that the notice issued to him on December 26, 2021, by the assistant police inspector (API), Traffic of Nagpur Police, be set aside.A division bench of Justices Rohit Deo and YG Khobragade issued notice on the plea and posted the matter for hearing on January 24. .Advocate Jitesh Duhilani, the legal aid lawyer provided to Singh, told the Court that he came to know from newspaper reports that the government was providing security to RSS office situated in Nagpur despite it being an 'unregistered NGO’."Therefore, out of curiosity, the petitioner on June 30, 2021, filed an application under the RTI Act seeking information from the state home department's public information officer on what basis was security being provided to the RSS office and how much was being spent on the same," the plea said. It added that his query was forwarded to the State secret (intelligence) department which was subsequently routed to Nagpur Police.As per plea, the Deputy Police Commissioner of Nagpur (Special Branch), informed petitioner that the concerned wing of Police has been exempted from providing information under the RTI Act and the information sought by him cannot be provided due to the same reasons.On December 26, 2021, the API (Traffic), MIDC, Nagpur city sent a notice to Singh summoning him for inquiry about his RTI application and recording of his statement..The petitioner contended that if security was being provided to a non-government organisation with State funds, a citizen has the right to seek information about the same."If the security is being provided to non-government organisation from the revenue collected from the public at large there in such case it is the constitutional right of every citizen to seek information and to raise the question as to such activity. However, the Nagpur police is time and again pressurising the petitioner to cause presence, due to which the daily work of the petitioner is being adversely affected", the petition stated. .The petition added that API (Traffic) is not a competent authority to hold any inquiry against petitioner and 'unlawful' action of initiating inquiry against Singh was an attempt to curb his fundamental rights.“The information sought by the Petitioner is to be benefit of public at large without there being any violation of law. Hence, without giving the information to the petitioner, initiating an enquiry against the petitioner is unlawful and to curb the fundamental rights of petition, therefore the petition in High Court," the petition underscored.