NEW DELHI, March 19 - Is a legislator a public authority liable to furnish information sought from them under the Right to Information Act?
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has issued show cause notice to a Nagaland MLA seeking his explanation why he should not be declared �public authority� to answer people�s queries under the RTI Act.
In the case related to Nagaland MLA Neiphrezo Keditsu, an RTI applicant had sought from Bangalore-based Rajiv Gandhi University of Health and Sciences, date and year of enrolment for the MBBS course of the legislator who claims to have obtained a degree from the institute.
The applicant also sought a certified copy of the MLA�s provisional degree certificate.
The applicant submitted that Keditsu has been giving contradictory statements by claiming that he was a doctor at one time while at other time he claims to be a businessman, etc.
The information was refused to him as the institute claimed it was a third party record which cannot be shared with him.
�... It will be appropriate for Neiprezo Keditsu, MLA, Nagaland Assembly, to clarify his stand because the appellant is making a serious allegation against his medical degree firmly challenging the validity of his claim of being a qualified medical student from this University,� Acharyulu said.
He said the Commission finds it appropriate and reasonable to give Keditsu an opportunity to present his case in response to RTI request of the appellant.
�Commission directs Neiprezo Keditsu in his capacity as legislator, to explain why the Commission should not consider him as public authority and direct him to provide information sought by the appellant in this case within 21 days from the date of receipt of this order,� he said. � PTI