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HC notices to PWD, KIC on Golf Club plea

Published: 27th December 2012 11:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th December 2012 11:18 AM   |  A+A-

A vacation bench of the High Court on Wednesday issued notices to Public Works Department and Karnataka Information Commission (KIC) in connection with a petition filed by Bangalore Golf Club (BGC) to quash the KIC order on making it a public authority.

As a result of the Commission’s order, the club will have to appoint a Public Information Officer whose job will be to respond to queries about its functioning under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Hearing the petition, Justice Javed Rahim issued notices and ordered interim stay to the KIC order till the next date of hearing and adjourned the case for further hearing.

On December 11, the KIC, in its order, in response to a complaint filed by lawyer S Umapathi, said, “There is no doubt that the leasing of the premises was at the most nominal and concessional rates. Further, though the Bangalore Golf Club does not have any public purpose or it is involving charitable or non-commercial aspects. The Commission inclines to take notice of the concessional rate of rents…and hereby decides that the club is a public authority.”

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