Friday, September 17, 2010

Re: [rti_india] Treesa Irish wins at last



On Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 1:37 PM, binu peter <> wrote:

Bravo and marvellous

--- On Fri, 9/17/10, Hariraj M.R. <> wrote:

From: Hariraj M.R. <>
Subject: [rti_india] Treesa Irish wins at last
Date: Friday, September 17, 2010, 9:28 AM

Dear Friends,

I hope we all remember Treesa Irish, the first case where the CIC held that valued answersheets had been exempted from disclosure under RTI Act, as they are information available in fiduciary relation and one relating to personal information. The matter was subject of discussion in most of the email groups. I was engaged by Treesa to challenge the said order in high court of kerala.

Much water has flowed under the bridge after that. But unfortunately a single judge of the High Court in another case had held that valued answersheets were not disclosable under the act. Finally when Treesa Irish's case came up for hearing, we had to face the precedential pressure from that judgment also.

Finally theHigh court of Kerala has held that Valued answersheets are in no way exempted from disclosure. the judgment is here.

I must note here with great gratitude that the support and encouragement from the activists far and wide was the biggest force behind us. I remember with great reverence the help rendered by Prakash Kardale, the founder of Hum Janenge and the friends there in this effort. I am sure, half of my research was done by them. I also place on record the help of Jayashankar, Advocate, who then was a student of NUALS, Kochi, who brought me a lot of material to support the case of Treesa. On behalf of Treesa, I thank each of those great minds who supported us in this venture.


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