CIC show cause no­tice to MHA on deny­ing phone tap­ping in­for­ma­tion

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

The CIC has is­sued a show cause no­tice to a home min­istry of­fi­cial for cit­ing wrong rea­sons to with­hold in­for­ma­tion re­lated to per­mis­sion for phone tap­ping in a case of al­leged cor­rup­tion.

The per­mis­sion was granted by then home sec­re­tary to the CBI. The in­for­ma­tion be­ing sought re­lated to 2016.

S Durga Prasad, the ac­cused in the CBI case, had ap­proached the union home min­istry seek­ing a copy of the pro­posal sent by the Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Spe­cial Unit, CBI, Chen­nai, re­quest­ing per­mis­sion from the home sec­re­tary for in­ter­cept­ing the mo­bile num­bers 944 **** 506 and 944 **** 494.

He also sought to know the or­ders passed by the home min­istry along with file not­ings. The min­istry cited three ex­emp­tion clauses of the RTI Act to deny in­for­ma­tion to the ap­pli­cant -- prej­u­di­cially af­fect­ing na­tional se­cu­rity, per­sonal safety and ad­versely af­fect­ing on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and prose­cu­tion of of­fend­ers.

"The ap­pel­lant re­quested the Com­mis­sion to di­rect the CPIO to pro­vide the in­for­ma­tion sought for by him ex­clud­ing the names and iden­ti­ties of the of­fi­cials who had passed the or­der for in­ter­cept­ing the mo­biles and the names of the of­fi­cials who were in­volved in this is­sue," In­for­ma­tion Com­mis­sioner Sud­hir Bhar­gava noted.

Prasad said dur­ing the hear­ing that the clause of na­tional se­cu­rity would not hold to deny in­for­ma­tion as he was booked in a cor­rup­tion case.

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