Supreme Court Issues Notice To RBI On Pleas Alleging Violation Of RTI Law

Vastavam web: The Supreme Court on Friday sought RBI’s response on two pleas seeking contempt proceedings against the central bank and its former Governor Urjit Patel for non-disclosure of information under RTI about some banks.

A bench headed by Justice LN Rao issued notice to the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for not disclosing information about the list of banks on whom certain fines were imposed for violating some banking rules. The court has asked RBI to file reply within four weeks and listed the matter for hearing in March. The pleas, filed by Girish Mittal and Subhash Chandra Agrawal, claimed that RBI and Patel had “willfully and deliberately” disobeyed the top court”s judgement asking the central bank to disclose infirmation under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Subhash Chandra Agrawal had sought complete information including related documents from RBI on imposition of fines on some banks for violating rules. The pleas claimed that the disclosure policy framed by the RBI headquarter is like an instruction to its Public Information Officers (PIOs) not to furnish virtually all kinds of information. “Under the RTI Act, 2005, it is the PIOs who have been cast with the statutory duty to comply with the provisions of the RTI Act (as interpreted by the Courts) and it is the PIOs who face penalty for non-compliance.