New Delhi: Amid a raging debate on RTI, Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid has made it clear that there is no proposal for a "relook" at the Act but noted that not only the government but the judiciary too had experienced "difficulties" because of it.

"We are proud of RTI. We are pleased that we gave RTI to this country. Even if it causes inconvenience to this country to an extent, we will bear that inconvenience.
   
"But we must ensure that in totality, the efficiency and functioning of government is strengthened," he said.

On whether the RTI would be revisited, Khurshid said, "there is no proposal to relook at the Act".

He went on to add, "Today, we are only absorbing the experience of the RTI and now whether after a period, looking at the experience, looking at the demands, looking at the consensus that can emerge, we can bring about any changes or not is something that is futuristic. It is something which I cannot say today."
   
The law minister, however, ruled out making fundamental changes in the legislation.

"If you say that we'll make any fundamental changes in the RTI, the answer is no. We are proud of RTI," he told the agency.
   
Queried whether some more exemptions like the one granted to the CBI could be brought into the Act, the lawyer-turned- politician noted, "No legislation is perfect."

Media should hold itself back a bit

Media should "hold itself back a bit", says Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid, reflecting growing concern over "trial by the media".

Arguments are going on in the Supreme Court in the 2G matter and later the same matter gets discussed in TV studios with one particular anchor playing the judge, he said.

"Now two trials cannot go on for the same guy. There will be one trial... Media insists that we will decide. Now I think media should hold itself back a bit. Lot of things happen and after they happen, then comment on it," he said.

On corruption in judiciary, the law minister said it was "an exaggerated thing" although there are "problems".

"Corruption stories are exaggerated. There is corruption but I don't think anywhere near the level people are assuming," he said.

(Agencies)