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High Courts(Larger Public Interest)/ CIC(Larger Public Interest)
1 CIVIL APPEAL NO OF 2013 (arising out of SLP(C) No 22609 of 2012) 16 Apr, 2013 R.K. JAIN APPELLANT VERSUS UNION OF INDIA & ANR

The petitioner in the instant case has not made a bonafide public interest in seeking information, the disclosure of such information would cause unwarranted invasion of privacy of the individual under section 8(1)(j) of the RTI act.
2 Writ Petition (crl.) 199 of 2003 18 Nov, 2003 Ashok Kumar Pandey vs The State of West Bengal

This petition under Article 32 of the Constitution of India, 1950 (in short ’the Constitution’) has been filed purportedly in public interest. The prayer in the writ petition is to the effect that the death sentence imposed on one Dhananjay Chatterjee @ Dhana (hereinafter referred to as ’the accused’) by the Sessions Court, Alipur, West Bengal, affirmed by the Calcutta High Court and this Court, needs to be converted to a life sentence because there has been no execution of the death sentence for a long time.
Reliance was placed on a Constitution Bench decision of this Court in Smt. Triveniben vs. State of Gujarat, (1989 (1) SCC 678).

It is necessary to take note of the meaning of expression ’public interest litigation’. In Strouds Judicial Dictionary,Volume 4 (IV Edition), ’Public Interest’ is defined thus:
"Public Interest (1) a matter of public or general interest does not mean that which is interesting as gratifying curiosity or a love of information or amusement but that in which a class of the community have a pecuniary interest, or some interest by which their legal rights or liabilities are affected."
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