Guest Lecture by Mr. Shailesh Gandhi on the Right to Information as a tool for the protection and promotion of human rights in India.
In a session with Mr. Shailesh Gandhi, the students of K.P.M School of Law gained a complete insight on different angles pertaining to the Right to Information as a tool for the protection and promotion of human rights in India.
Mr. Shailesh Gandhi is a graduate in Civil Engineering from IIT Bombay. He was a first generation entrepreneur in plastic packaging and was CMD of Clear Plastics Ltd. Shailesh was part of the National RTI movement which was involved in drafting the National Act. He was convener of the National Campaign for People’s Right To Information. He has used RTI and also trained many citizens and government officials in over 1000 workshops to use it. Formerly he was an Information Commissioner with the Central Information Commission, New Delhi.
The only RTI activist to have been chosen as a Central Information Commissioner, he disposed a record of over 20000 cases in 3 years and 9 months, and ensured that most cases were decided in less than 90 days. He gave many landmark decisions on RTI, apart from organizing the first digital paper-less office in the Commission. He is passionately pursuing the cause of evolving ways for a time bound justice delivery system, and improving governance systems. Amongst many awards he has been awarded the Nani Palkhiwala Civil Liberties award, and the MR Pai award. He has published a book: RTI Act- authentic interpretation of the Statute and a paper critiquing Supreme Court judgments on RTI.
The session discussed the constitutional aspect of Article 19 in reference to the Right to Know and primarily how respect of an individual is in close proximity with governance and the information on how the governance is being done.