Delhi High Court seeks response from central govt on plea seeking RTI information regarding Aarogya Setu

    The Delhi High Court, in Saurav Das vs CPIO, NeGD & Ors, observed that the issues raised in respect of supply of information regarding Aarogya Setu App and its creation are of considerable public importance.

    Justice Prathiba M Singhissued a notice to the Central government and the RTI authorities seeking their response to the plea.

    The petition by Saurav Das challenged an order passed by the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) refusing to direct supply of information under RTI Act on creation of the Aarogya Setu.

    The petitioner had sought information regarding the origin of the app, the approval details, communications with private people involved in making/developing the app, internal notes, memos, file notings, and minutes of the meetings held while creating the app.

    The petitioner, on finding the response to the RTI application ambiguous, approached the CIC for initiation of the proceedings against the aberrant RTI officials.

    Thereafter, a show cause was issued to the concerned officials for prima facie obstruction of information and providing an evasive reply to the RTI application.

    The petitioner’s grievance was towards order of the CIC which was passed on November 24 disposing of the RTI application.

    The Court observed that no data sought by the petitioner was given and asked both the parties to file chart that lists the information sought in the application and the information that has been given.