An Analysis of the Official Secrets Act, 1923 vis-à-vis Right to Information Act, 2005

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Purvish Jitendra Malkan, Dakshita Sangwan


The Official Secrets Act was passed in 1923 and was kept after the United States gained independence. The legislation establishes a stable structure to tackle and overcome espionage, sedition, and other possible threats to the nation's unity, and it applies to both government employees and people. Spying, exchanging secret information, unauthorized use of uniforms, withholding information, and interfering with the armed forces in forbidden/restricted locations, among other things, are all illegal under the legislation. A person might face up to 14 years in jail, a fine, or both if found guilty. This Paper revolves around the Official Secret Act, focusing on Notable cases of the use of OSA, Difference between the RTI Act and OSA, The author also analyzed various landmark judgments. At the end the author drawn a conclusion to conclude the research.

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