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21.11.2014
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New Delhi

NEW DELHI A full bench of the Central Information Commission (CIC) will on Friday hear complaints against six national political parties for noncompliance of its order that they came within the ambit of RTI Act and had to put in place all mandatory requirements under the law.

The Commission on June 3, last year had declared Congress, BJP, CPI, CPI (M), NCP and BSP as public authorities answerable under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and given them six weeks to comply with the mandatory requirements under the law for the processing of information seeking applications.

But none of the political parties followed the directives of the quasijudicial body which are binding as per the RTI Act, unless a contrary order is received from a high court through a writ petition. Following the disregard for the verdict given by the transparency panel, activists Subhash Agrawal, R K Jain and voluntary organisation, Association for Democratic Reforms, filed a complaint with the CIC.

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