24 July 2019 ~ 0 Comments

CIC backs whistleblower

Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer and whistle-blower Sanjiv Chaturvedi prevails again! His RTI application seeking details of corruption complaints against Union ministers has got a sympathetic hearing at the Central Information Commission (CIC). The 2002-batch IFoS officer had filed an RTI application in 2017 seeking this information, which the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) denied. Against this, Mr Chaturvedi had approached the CIC, which had in its order passed on October 16 last year, observed that “respondent (PMO) has not given correct and specific reply/information to the applicant”. It had further directed the Central Public Information Officer of the PMO to provide information on this within 15 days. But with the PMO tarrying, Mr Chaturvedi then filed a complaint with the CIC under section 18 of the RTI Act, for compliance with its October 16 order. After two more hearings, the commission earlier this month dismissed the PMO’s objections to releasing the information that was sought by Mr Chaturvedi. The order by Sudhir Bhargava, Chief Information Commissioner, states that the reply provided by the PMO is “not correct”. Will the PMO comply with the CIC’s order or find reasons to deny the information sought by Mr Chaturvedi?

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