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CIC reserves order on citizen’s plea to get KRN-ABV letters

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 23, 2006

CIC reserves order on citizen’s plea to get KRN-ABV letters
http://www.zeenews.com/znnew/articles.asp?aid=310626&sid=NAT

New Delhi, July 21: The Central Information Commission today reserved its order on a citizen’s plea under the Right To Information (RTI) Act seeking disclosure of certain correspondence between the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the then prime minister A B Vajpayee on the 2002 Gujarat riots.

A full bench of the commission heard in detail the plea of Ramesh, a resident of Chennai, via video-conferencing.

On behalf of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Additional Solicitor General Mohan Parasharan claimed the letters written by constitutional functionaries like the President enjoyed an “absolute immunity from disclosure” under Article 361 of the Constitution.

He said that the communication between the President and the Prime Minister were beyond the ken of courts.

During the hearing, the DoPT, however, briefed the panel that the letters came to about 15 pages and were dated between February 28 to March 15 of 2002.

Appellant’s counsel Prashant Bhushan said greater public interest would be served by disclosing the letters.

The full bench of the commission comprising Chief Central Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah and Central Information Commissioners O P Kejariwal, Padma Subramanium and M M Ansari was expected to pass its order within a week.

Ramesh filed the application under the RTI Act after the PMO twice rejected in March this year Nanavati Commission’s directions to furnish the official correspondence exchanged between the then President K R Narayanan and Prime Minister Vajpayee on the Gujarat communal riots.

He was also represented by former member of the National Advisory Council and Right to Information crusader Aruna Roy, and national campaign for people’s Right to Information functionary Shekhar Singh at the hearing.

Bureau Report

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