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MeitY refuses to disclose Srikrishna Committee submissions, meeting minutes

The IT Ministry has refused to share copies of submissions sent to the Justice B.N. Srikrishna-led committee for data protection in response to an RTI application filed by Medianama. The Ministry has also refused to hand over minutes of the committee's meetings. The ministry in its response said that the submissions were "confidential" and "not available for public dissemination" without the consent of the submitting entity. With regards to the 'minutes of the meetings,' the ministry said that it cannot be shared under Section 8(1)(i) of the RTI act. This breaks with the precedent set by the Ministry on the very same committee; in February, the minutes of the meeting as at that time were made public. That happened after 24 legal academicians and advocates wrote to the panel seeking greater transparency, per Live Law. It's unusual for such a high-profile…

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