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The Right to Information: An Aid for Litigation (2012) (India)- Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

The Right to Information: An Aid for Litigation (2012) (India)- Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

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Despite resistance and the many obstacles surrounding its implementation, the right
to information is steadily changing the culture of governance in India. Until recently,
Indian governance structure assumed its functioning, decisions, actions, and rationales
would be hidden from public scrutiny. Now, there is a belief that assumes that
everything will be questioned, must be justified, and needs public consultation before
it will be considered valid. Only a few agencies and a narrow band of information are
now protected from disclosure, and even these few exceptions to the right are subject
to challenge.
Despite resistance and the many obstacles surrounding its implementation, the right
to information is steadily changing the culture of governance in India. Until recently,
Indian governance structure assumed its functioning, decisions, actions, and rationales
would be hidden from public scrutiny. Now, there is a belief that assumes that
everything will be questioned, must be justified, and needs public consultation before
it will be considered valid. Only a few agencies and a narrow band of information are
now protected from disclosure, and even these few exceptions to the right are subject
to challenge.

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RTI: An Aid for Litgaton

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Act provided evidence of corrupton in a slum rehabilitaton scheme; and one where a
victm of sexual harassment received justce by using documents obtained under the

RTI Act as evidence.

The case summaries in this book were originally compiled for a lawyers’ workshop held
in Dhaka, Bangladesh in March of 2012, in collaboraton with Bangladesh Legal Aid and
Services Trust (BLAST). The workshop introduced RTI as a potental tool for lawyers in
Bangladesh litgatng at various levels of the judiciary.

We hope this book will be of use as a sampler of how access to informaton can assist
in litgaton by unearthing valuable informaton that provides the evidence base to

lead to just outcomes.

Maja Daruwala
Director, CHRI

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