May 05, 2019

Appeal court to hear the first RTI case tomorrow

The appeal by the Presidential Secretariat against the order by the Right-To-Information Commission (RTIC) in December, last year to disclose the Assets and Liabilities declaration of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will be taken up in the Court of Appeal tomorrow (6).
 
Transparency International of Sri Lanka (TISL), a forefront Non-Governmental Organisation in Sri Lanka filed two Right-To-Information (RTI) requests in 2017, demanding the Assets and Liabilities declaration of the President and the Prime Minister in 2015 and 2016.
 
In the absence of providing information, the TISL complained to the RTIC, and all stakeholders were summoned and finally the Presidential Secretariat was ordered to release the Assets and Liabilities declaration of the Prime Minister.
 
However, the RTIC agreed on the Presidential Secretariat’s claim on its inability to provide the Assets and Liabilities declaration of the President, as he is not bound to disclose his Assets and Liabilities under the provisions of the Assets and Liabilities Act.

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