MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court on Thursday directed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to start an inquiry into how personal details of RTI applicants were made public on its website, and said not taking such breach seriously would trivialise citizens’ right to information.
A bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and Milind Jadhav disposed of a plea filed by RTI activist Saket Gokhale seeking direction for removal of personal information from the central ministry’s website.
It directed the I&B Ministry to treat Gokhale’s petition as a representation and ensure a suitable inquiry into how personal details of over 4,000 applicants, including Gokhale, were made public since 2016, and submit a report.
The bench said that the issue went beyond the breach of Gokhale’s right to privacy and carried the risk of impacting future applicants.
“Informed citizenry and transparency of information are vital for the functioning of democracy,” the