Bombay High Court Disposes of Plea Filed By RTI Activist Summoned By Police After He Sought Security Details of RSS Headquarters

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Court disposed of the petition of the RTI activist after the court was informed that the police will not take any action against him.

A division bench of the Bombay High Court at Nagpur recently disposed of a writ petition filed by a person who had approached the court after he was summoned by the police officials when he sought information under the RTI Act about the security provided to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh headquarters at Nagpur.

The writ petition was disposed of by the high court after the Assistant Government Pleader NS Rao informed the court that the police officials will not take action against the 61-year-old activist Lalan Kishore Singh.

“The learned Assistant Government Pleader Mr. N.S. Rao fairly states that no further action shall be taken by the police department on the basis of the notice impugned” the order read.

The high court had issued notice in the plea filed by the activist in January 2023.

Lalan had filed an application under the Right To Information Act before the State Home Department seeking information with respect to the security provided to the headquarters of Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS). The application was filed after he came across a news article that said that security was provided by state to RSS, an unregistered non-governmental organization.

The application was forwarded to Secret Information Department and then came to the City Police. The application was rejected on the ground that the said wing was exempted from RTI.

In his plea, the petitioner had argued that the information sought by the petitioner was for benefit of the public at large without there being any violation of law. Hence, without giving the information, initiating the enquiry against the petitioner was unlawful and an attempt to curb petitioner's fundamental Rights. he had alleged. 

Case Title: Lalan Kishore Singh vs State of Maharashtra Ors