Turf Club, Mysore Race Club come under RTI: Karnataka HC | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: The Bangalore Turf Club Limited (BTCL), Mysore Race Club Limited (MRCL) and Bengaluru establishments of the Ladies Club and Institute of Engineers come under the Right to Information Act-2005, the high court has said.
The court dismissed their petitions challenging a series of orders passed by the Karnataka Information Commission (KIC) during 2013-15, directing them to provide information under the Act, holding that they are ‘public authority’ under section 2(h).
They had challenged these orders, contending that they did not qualify as ‘public authority’, as the state government didn’t have any kind of say in their functioning.
However, relying on the Supreme Court’s stand in Association of Unified Tele Services Providers and others Vs. Union of India ( 2014) case, Justice PB Bajanthri noted that since the state’s largesse has been extended to the petitioners under lease deeds — they are holding lease lands on behalf of the people and are accountable — they do fall under the definition of ‘public authority’.
The court pointed out that both BTCL and MRCL have been given huge indirect financial aid in the form of concessions, when the market value of land leased to them is considered. Also, no information has been provided to the high court vis-a-vis the lease agreement entered to between the government and Ladies Club and Institute of Engineers (India), it added.
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