Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday issued notice of motion to the State Information Commission, Punjab. The complainant sought information under RTI Act from the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) in a petition filed by the PCA. The court also stayed the order passed by the Commission on July 20. The court was hearing the petition filed by the PCA, Mohali.
According to the petition, a complainant moved an application to the PCA seeking information under the RTI for the grant given to the PCA by the state government, regarding the members of the association and role of government in the Punjab Cricket Association.
The application was declined by the association on the ground that the association is not a public body under the RTI Act and it is not liable to give information. The complainant moved a complaint to the State Information Commission, Punjab, against the action of the association. The commission held that the association is a public body and it is liable to give information to the complainant as per the provisions of the RTI Act.
The Commission said that the association has been allotted 11 acres land by the government on a very less amount
for construction of the stadium and the grant of Rs 11.05 crore by the government.
Hence it was held by the commission that the funding by the government in the form of land given to the association on lower rate as well the initial funding of Rs 11.05 crore amount to substantial funding and on the basis of the same, the association is a public authority and is bound to give information to the persons.
The order of the commission was challenged by the association before the high court. PCA counsel R P S Bara contended that the order passed by the commission is illegal and wrong.
The counsel for the PCA also contended that the state government had given Rs 11.05 crore in 1994 to 1996 only and thereafter no funding was made. It was further argued by the counsel that the association has spent an amount of about Rs 118 crore on the construction of the stadium.
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