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NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday told the Supreme Court that political parties cannot be brought under the Right to Information Act saying that it would adversely affect their internal working. 

The government said that proposition of declaring political parties as public authority is replete with danger as political rivals may misuse it for settling their political scores.

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The Centre filed its response in compliance with apex court order asking the government why parties should not be brought within RTI ambit to make them more accountable to public. 
The court had sought response from the centre on a PIL filed by an NGO Association for Democratic Reforms seeking court direction to make political parties amenable to the RTI Act.

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Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, contended that national parties are virtually funded by the state as they are exempted from filing income tax returns. 

Bhushan said they would have to deposit 35 per cent of donation received by them had they not been exempted. He said that it shows that they are being funded by the government, making them liable to come under the RTI Act.

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