New Delhi : The Central Information Commission has issued fresh notices naming top leaders of six national parties — Rajnath Singh, Mayawati, Sonia Gandhi, Prakash Karat, Sharad Pawar and Sudhakar Reddy — asking them to appear before it in cases filed by activists for not responding to RTI queries.

The named notices were issued after one of the complainants R K Jain alleged that Registrar of CIC had adopted double standards in handling his complaints against the six national political parties – BJP, Congress, BSP, NCP, CPI(M) and CPI, by only naming Gandhi while the notices to others were sent to the party chiefs.   After the CIC declared these parties answerable under RTI Act in 2013, Jain had filed RTI applications with Congress and other political parties seeking details of donations, funding, internal elections of the parties, in February, 2014 and after getting no response from them, moved the CIC with a complaint.

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