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RTI: Petitioner's death won't stop info flow

Oct 05, 2011 09:33 AM IST India India
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New Delhi: In a move to protect the Right to Information (RTI) activists in the country, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has adopted a new resolution.

According to the resolution, if an RTI activist is murdered or assaulted the information that he was seeking will automatically need to be put up on the website of the government department concerned.

The principal behind this is that the RTI activist is assaulted because of a certain piece of information he was seeking that could have harmed certain interests.

This will be done in a time-bound manner and the CIC hopes it will be a deterrent to the crime against the RTI activists.

Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi also believes that the move will act as a deterrent.

"As soon as 10-15 such actions are taken, it will prove as a deterrent. People who want to hurt an RTI activist, they do it to stop the information coming out. But if such info is released I think it means they are doing more damage to themselves so the expectation is that such incidents will go down," said Shailesh.