RTI Basics, Info, And Templates

I compiled the information from various sources. HT and TOI get a big chunk of credit for this.

Click on the link below to download an  RTI Request application:

Download an RTI Application Form

This form has the address of the AP Police’s PIO as an example only.

The Indian Supreme Court has ruled that RTI is a Fundamental Right.

Here is a link to the judgment.

Here is an excerpt from the judgment:


People’s Union for Civil Liberties and another


Union of India and others

S. B. Sinha

06 Jan 2004

“Right of information is a fundamental right under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution. The State under Clause (2) of Article 19 of the Constitution, however, is entitled to impose reasonable restrictions inter alia in the interest of the State. How far and to what extent the same should be balanced is the question involved in these appeals which arise out of judgments and orders dated 30th January, 1997 passed by the High Court of Judicature at Bombay in Writ Petition Nos. 1785 and 1792 of 1996”

Remember this ! The Govt authority needs to provide information within 48Hrs if rights under life and liberty are affected. An RTI is a useful weapon if your loved ones are being held by the police.

Here are some links:

Here is the document that gives you the basics on filing an RTI: RTI Basics

RTI presentation from GOI: RTI Presentation

NCPRI RTI Primer: NCPRI RTI Primer (12Page version)

Here is a template for the RTI for the police: RTI Template For The Police

Example of an RTI: RTI Example

You will find more templates at this website: Protect India Family Foundation

Here is the document that details the complete act: RTI Act 2005

Here is another document: CHRI Guide to using RTI

Here is another doc from Transparency International: Using RTI To Fight Corruption

RTI links from the Pondy police website. They have forms etc: Pondy police RTI


6 Responses to “RTI Basics, Info, And Templates”

  1. 1 Prashant Issac February 3, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    RTI is — as stated — a fundamental right of every citizen of this country.. However, the politicians in this country are able to weave a web around them that protects them from anything ! — last week the Prime Minister’s Office denied information regarding assets of union ministers and their relatives, giving various funny reasons and quoting ambiguous clauses from the Act — In this country that is so infested with corrupt politicians — the assets of these people and any public servant needs to be put under the purview of the RTI ..


  2. 2 bkarora October 21, 2009 at 6:59 am

    DDA Vigilance has dropped charges of corruption against four officers on the basis of faked and fabricated documents submitted by them despite repeated warning to Vigilance to ensure that these are not admitted. Can I ask for inspection of Vigilance Section file as well as copies of faked documents submitted by errant and guilty officers?


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