Legal opinion furnished by the law officer to the public authority is exempted from disclosure

CIC by relying upon the decisions of the Supreme Court in B.P Singhal vs. Union of India (2010) 6 SCC 331 and in CBSE vs. Aditya Bandhyopadhyay, (Civil Appeal No. 6454 of 2011) has held when information sought pertains to the legal opinion issued by the government appointed law officer to a public authority, the existence of a lawyer-client relationship between the two cannot be negated and consequently, the protection afforded under Section 8(1)(e) of RTI Act is available to such legal opinion by virtue of the fiduciary element subsisting therein.
File No : CIC/IARMY/A/2018/148494 DD 11-3-2020
Kapeesh Jain vs CPIO, Cantonment Board

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