Vigilance department cannot deny information of alleged corruption, human rights violations under RTI Act: Orissa High Court

The Court called attention to the object of the RTI Act that disclosure was the norm and withholding of information was the exception.
Chief Justice S Muralidhar, Justice RK Pattanaik
Chief Justice S Muralidhar, Justice RK Pattanaik

The Orissa High Court on Monday held that a notification issued by the State government preventing disclosure of information concerning the General Administration (Vigilance) Department even when it pertained to allegations of corruption and human rights violations would be contrary to the provisions of the Right to Information (RTI) Act and would, thus, be unsustainable in law [Subash Mohapatra v State of Odisha].

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