W.P. (C) 194/2012
Petition Challenging the Constitutional Validity of Allahabad High Court (Right to Information) Rules, 2006, not in consonance with the Act

Status Report

The petition challenges the vires of the Allahabad High Court (RTI) Rules, 2006, which were found to be the most obstructive of all the High court rules examined by Common Cause. In November 2012, the High Court sought and was granted two months to amend the deviant rules. A gazette notification was issued on April 4, 2013 for the amendment of Rule 4 relating to application fees. Common Cause filed an additional affidavit on July 15, 2013, highlighting a deliberate ambiguity in the wording of the amended rule.

In January 2014, our PIL was clubbed with Lok Prahari’s PIL on the same issue, initially filed in the Allahabad High Court. After a long gap of over two years, the cunctation  in listing of this matter finally ended with the Court taking it up on November 10, 2016.  As the Court had already ordered returnable notice in September 2014, it directed that the matter be processed for listing.

The matter was listed before the Court on October 30, 2017 wherein I.A. No. 4/2015 was allowed and the respondent was directed to file their counter affidavits within four weeks. It is likely to next be listed on 15 January 2018.

WP 194 of 2012