The Delhi high court has ruled that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has to provide information on phone tapping to citizens under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI) after obtaining the same from telecom operators.
Supreme Court lawyer Kabir Shankar had sought information on “surveillance, tracking or tapping” of his phone from his service operator Vodafone and TRAI.
When Vodafone denied Kabir Shankar the information on the grounds that it wasn’t a public authority, he approached the Central Information Commission, which directed the telecom regulator to provide the information to him after collecting it legally from the service provider.
TRAI then challenged the CIC order in the Delhi high court, arguing that the information sought under the RTI was not a part of its records and it was hence not obliged to furnish the information to the applicant.
The court upheld the CIC order that directed TRAI to collect the relevant information sought in the RTI application from Vodafone India and furnish it to the applicant. The court held that since TRAI was a public authority, it was under an obligation to furnish all information which can be legally accessed by it from a private body.
From : thewire