Shailesh Gandhi

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Shailesh Gandhi
Born7 July 1947
AwardsNani Palkhiwala Civil Liberties award, MR Pai award
Scientific career
InstitutionsCentral Information Commission

Shailesh Gandhi is a right to information activist.[1]

Early life[edit]

Shailesh Gandhi is a graduate in Civil Engineering from IIT Bombay. He was a first generation entrepreneur in plastic packaging and was CMD of Clear Plastics Ltd. 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. He has used RTI and also trained many citizens and government officials in over 1000 workshops to use it. Formerly he was an Information Commissioner with the Central Information Commission, New Delhi.[2]

The only RTI activist to have been chosen as a Central Information Commissioner, he disposed a record of over 20000 cases in 2 years and 9 months, and ensured that most cases were decided in less than 90 days.[3] 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. Amongst many awards he has been awarded the Nani Palkhiwala Civil Liberties award, and the MR Pai award. He has published a book: RTI Act- authentic interpretation of the Statute and a paper critiquing Supreme Court judgments on RTI. He conducts workshops for citizens and government officers on RTI, Judicial Backlogs and other governance related issues.


  1. ^ "An Open Letter to Arvind Kejriwal from Shailesh Gandhi". The Wire. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2017.
  2. ^ CV-IC-Shri Shailesh Gandhi
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