What does SECRET mean in Government communications?
Posted by rtiact2005 on July 20, 2006
To: Mr. P.K. Gera, Jt. Secretary & Registrar, Central Information Commission, Block No. IV, 5th Floor, Old JNU Campus, New Delhi – 110067
cc: Mr. Harminder Raj Singh, Jt. Secy Govt. of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Jaisalmer House, New Delhi 11oo11
From: Veeresh Malik, D-61, Defence Colony, New Delhi – 110024
Ref: F.No.CIC/AT/A/2006/00151 dtd 29th of June’06 (CIC)
Ref: No. VI-23014/345/05-VS dtd 13th/18th of June’06 (MoHA)
Ref: Second appeal under RTI’05 to CIC dtd 16th of June’06, and correspondences resting therein.
In context with above letters, I wish to humbly and respectfully submit that:-
a) I have received to my satisfaction the assistance I sought wrt my RTI Application dated 31st of March’06. I sincerely thank the MoHA and CIC for their assistance in this matter. I also hope that the CIC has received a copy of the letter under reference from MoHA No. VI-23014/345/05-VS dtd 13th/18th of June’06.
b) However, the information received as response to First Appeal vide Ref: No. VI-23014/345/05-VS dtd 13th/18th of June’06 (MoHA) signed by Mr. Harminder Raj Singh on 13th of July’06, has been delivered to me late at night on 18th of July’06 by special messanger in double cover, and marked “SECRET”, apparently subsequently on 18th of July’06.
I require a and humbly solicit a clarification on this from CIC as well as Public Authority MoHA, within the ambit of the same RTI application filed by me and dated 31st March’06, and 2nd Appeal to CIC therein dtd 16th of June’06, and correspondences resting therein, as to what the exact implications of the term “SECRET” are in an RTI response, the rules guiding me on the further dissemination of this information marked “SECRET”, and if possible, then how something as basic as a definition of VIP and VVIP can be classified as “SECRET”.
Veeresh Malik, D-61, Defence Colony, New Delhi – 110024