Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday upheld the Centre's decision to exclude the CBI from the ambit of the RTI Act holding that it found no error in the government's position that the investigating agency was a security and intelligence organisation.

"We find no error in the decision of the government of India to include the CBI in the Second Schedule of the RTI Act," a bench comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanan held, dismissing a petition challenging the Centre's June 9 notification excluding the CBI from the Act.

The second schedule exempts security and intelligence organisations from disclosing any information under the transparency act except in certain cases including allegations of human rights violations.

Passing orders on the petition filed by RTI activist and advocate S Vijayalakashmi, the court said the matter had been considered at all levels before the government decided that the CBI was a security and intelligence organisation.

"We find no justifiable reasons to depart from such findings which appears to have been arrived at after considering all materials placed before the government, taken note of by the Committee of Secretaries and other authorities, prior to issuance of the impugned notification," it said.

(Agencies)