ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Finding the Right Instrument

Transparency and Political Parties

The Central Information Commission has recently held that political parties are "public authorities" under the Right to Information Act, 2005. While the CIC judgment follows developing judicial precedent under the RTI Act, bringing political parties under the purview of this Act opens a Pandora's box that the CIC itself probably has not thought through. International practice demonstrates that the onus of creating more transparency within the political system is the task of independent election commissions.

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