Saturday, December 8, 2018

Private religious trusts not bound by RTI act: HC

Hyderabad HC has held that religious institutions like temples, churches and mosques that are not funded by the government do not fall within the purview of the Right to Information Act-2005 (RTI).
Justice Challa Kodanda Ram pronounced the judgment after hearing nearly 100 temples, their trustees and officials from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, who had challenged the decisions of their states’ endowments departments, which had asked these religious entities to furnish information regarding their administrative activities under the RTI Act.
Stating that these temples and their officials do not fall under the definition of public authority, as defined in the RTI Act, the judge saidthat the question of these entities following the directives issued by endowments department in respect of RTI does not arise.

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