Mr Ashish Kothari

Mr Shailesh Gandhi

Visiting Distinguished Fellow

Shailesh Gandhi is a first generation entrepreneur and a Distinguished Alumnus awardee of IIT Bombay. He sold his company to become a RTI activist. Shailesh was part of the National RTI movement which was involved in drafting the National Act. He was convener of the National Campaign for People’s Right To Information (NCPRI). The only RTI activist to have been chosen as a Central Information Commissioner, he disposed a record of over 20000 cases in 3 years and 9 months, ensuring most cases were decided in less than 90 days. He gave many landmark decisions on RTI, apart from organizing the first digital paper-less office in the Commission. He is passionately pursuing the cause of evolving ways for a time bound justice delivery system and improving governance systems apart from conducting RTI workshops and advocating active citizenship.
He has published a book: RTI Act- authentic interpretation of the Statute and a paper critiquing Supreme Court judgments on RTI. Amongst the many awards he has received are the Nani Palkhiwala Civil Liberties Award, Satyendra Dubey Award and the M.R.Pai Award

Research Areas 

Governance and Law, Public Policies, Programs and Schemes



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