What does "Equal Protection of Law" mean in the present context?If Political Parties need to be protected because their functioning may getaffected by virtue of coming under the RTI Act, then similarly other PublicAuthorities too need to be protected because their functioning too gets affectedin some way or the other ! Don't believe that .....Please refer to the preamble of the RTI Act, which lays down as follows:
AND WHEREAS democracy requires an informed citizenry andtransparency of information which are vital to its functioning and also tocontain corruption and to hold Governments and their instrumentalitiesaccountable to the governed;AND WHEREAS revelation of information in actual practice is likely toconflict with other public interests including efficient operations of theGovernments, optimum use of limited fiscal resources and the preservation of confidentiality of sensitive information.
Thus, if the functioning of the Political Parties is affected, then so is thefunctioning of other Public Authorities, at-least that is what the PREAMBLEof the RTI Act seems to be very very clearly suggesting !6.
Therefore, it appears that, the options before the Political Parties are:
Either, to establish themselves as security or intelligence organizations;
Or, to establish themselves as Private Entities.
Or, to take themselves along with ALL THE OTHER PUBLICAUTHORITIES outside the ambit of the RTI Act (i.e. equal protectionof law).
It is important to note here, that if Political Parties as Public Authorities take
themselves out of the ambit of the RTI Act, whereas leaving other PublicAuthorities to remain within the ambit of the RTI Act,Then the RTI Act, in effect would be contravening Article 14 of the Constitution by way of a legislative enactment, which by a reasonable inference would mean anindirect amendment of the basic structure of the Constitution.hmmm ..... can Parliament do that ? please read further .....