UPSC Current Affairs – 15-03-2019

TUSSLE BETWEEN RTI ACT AND OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT

Why in News?

  • On March 15, 2019, the Supreme Court Judge Justice K.M. Joseph declared that as per Section 22 of RTI Act, the RTI has an “overriding effect” over Official Secrets Act.
  • More on news:

    • He also pinpointed that as per Section 24 of RTI Act, it is mandatory for even security and intelligence organization to
      disclose information on corruption and human rights violations.
    • Also Section 8 (2) of RTI act compels the government to disclose information “if public interest in disclosure outweighs the
      harm of protected interests”.
    • However, the Attorney General K.K. Venugopal defended that defence purchases dealt with the security of the state which
      “supercedes everything else”.
    • To this, Justice Joseph said, “The Parliament has passed the RTI act in 2005 and brought about a complete revolution, a
      complete change. Let us not go back to what it was.

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