How RTI changed the face of investigative journalism in India, forever… The RTI Act has helped investigative journalism in getting information that otherwise would have been almost impossible to unearth despite legal provisions. Using the storyline approach, the author, through his own experiences, unravels how news was collected through persistent efforts using RTI, how the stories evolved, and how the subject was followed up keeping an eye on the rightful impact. Hence the emphasis is less on theory and more on practical aspects, making the book ‘a story behind India's biggest news stories’.
Chapter 10: Passing the Buck: Misuse of RTI by Public Authorities
Passing the Buck: Misuse of RTI by Public Authorities
It had long since come to our attention that the Public Information Officers (PIO) under the guise of one of the exceptions given under Section 8 of RTI Act, have evaded the general public from getting their hands on the rightful information that they are entitled to.1
—Supreme Court, on December 16, 2015 in RBI vs Jayantilal N. Mistry and others
In the last 10 years that I have been using RTI for journalistic work, I have dealt extensively with the whole gamut of government machinery—from the president's secretariat, PMO, Cabsec, chief ministers' offices of states, central and state ministries, public sector undertakings, investigation agencies, and police organizations, down ...