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December 13, 2023

Legal Issues Seminar-General IP (LIS-GIP) On “What Is The Threshold Of ‘Public Interest’ Under The Right To Information Act, 2005?”

Featuring: Malveka Nautiyal

A ‘Legal Issues Seminar – General IP’ (LIS-GIP) was conducted by Malveka Nautiyal, Trainee Associate, on “What is the Threshold of ‘Public Interest’ under the Right to Information Act, 2005?” The seminar explored how the Courts and the Central Information Commission (‘CIC’) interpret the term “Public Interest”.

The session discussed situations wherein the question of ‘public interest’ as a ground for disclosure of information otherwise exempted under the RTI Act, was examined by the Courts. The session also delved into the contrary stances taken by the Courts and the CIC on what would constitute ‘public interest’ when dealing with concepts like ‘commercial gain’, ‘fiduciary relationship’, and ‘competitive position’. Further, the session delved into the extent to which information pertaining to intellectual property may be withheld or disclosed under the RTI Act.

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