Supreme Court to hear on Aug 1 the demand to bring political parties under RTI

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New Delhi, July 25: On August 1, the Supreme Court will hear the demand to bring political parties under the ambit of RTI.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan told a bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud that the Central Information Commission had in 2013 ordered political parties to be brought under the ambit of RTI. After this, another order was also given, which has not been implemented to date.

During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that on the basis of the order of the Central Information Commission, a petition cannot be filed asking the legislature to implement it.

He said that the Attorney General is not available to hear the matter. Therefore, the next date of hearing should be fixed.

On January 31, the Supreme Court, while dividing the petitions challenging the electoral bonds into three parts, ordered separate hearings on all three.

The court had ordered that the first part related to electoral bonds, i.e., the case challenging the electoral bond scheme, be heard.

The second part will hear petitions examining whether political parties should be brought under the ambit of RTI.

In the third part, the issue of challenging the amendment to the FCRA through the Finance Acts of 2016 and 2018 will be heard. The issue will be heard in the middle of April.