The debate regarding the status of Bar Councils under the RTI Act continues, with the Bar Council of India (BCI) issuing a circular to all State Bar Councils clarifying that SBCs are not "public authorities" under the Act and cannot be subject to its provisions. The Bar Council reasons that it is not a government-funded organization, and thus cannot be called a "public authority".
However, on July 31, the Maharashtra State Chief Information Commission (MSCIC) ruled that the SBC was a public authority and consequently, the RTI Act . . .
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