LAHORE: A lawyer has challenged the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 before the Lahore High Court for violating the Constitution.
Advocate Azhar Siddique stated in his petition that the impugned law is a hurdle in the way of access to information.
He said the law provided a penalty of Rs50,000 and attachment of two-month salary for a government official if he does not render information required by a citizen.
The lawyer pleaded that the Punjab Information Commission since its inception in 2013 had not taken a single punitive action against any government authority for concealing facts and information as thousands of complaints were pending before it.
He argued that performance of the commission and government authorities was sufficient to establish their inefficiency. He also argued that the 2013 law is ultra vires of the Constitution.
Advocate Siddique pointed out that the commission did not provide him record of the Orange Line Metro Train project despite a lapse of eight months. He asked the court to declare the impugned Act unconstitutional and direct the government to make an effective legislation for provision of the information.
He also requested the court to order the government to provide him with the complete record of the train project.
Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah will take up the petition on Nov 22.