“The enactment of the RTI is the first significant achievement of the UPA government. This is the first single piece of legislation to ensure transparency and delivery by the government,” Sonia Gandhi had declared in a public rally in New Delhi , in March 2010.
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And now the same Right To Information Act seems to have created trouble for her where a Chennai-based RTI activist V Gopalakrishnan had asked for details of Sonia Gandhi’s Income-Tax returns from 2000 to 2011. Revealing the same has been denied, as per sources. The Party is backing her by saying that these information are already with the Income Tax and other concerned departments and revealing such information in public may end up being misused.
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Well, it is the Congress which has always held its head high when it comes to taking the credit of RTI and that is worth praising but what is the point of such Act if it does not apply on all the Indians ? What does the party mean by using the word misused ? What is there in the return which if made public would be misused ? Is there any point of such Act which is partial ? Is it not moulding the Act as per convenience ? Why is Mrs Gandhi the special one in this regards ? If this be the case, all the political leaders may shy away from revealing facts in public by giving the same excuse of information may be misused !