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Details of Vajpayee-K.R. Narayanan letters sought under Information Act – Hearing deferred

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 23, 2006

The CIC heared the matter on 21st July and reserved its order. A Full 
Bench of the Commission heard in detail the plea of Ramesh, via 

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 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 
OP Kejariwal, Padma Subramaniam and M.M.Ansari was expected to pass its 
order within a week.
Sun, 23 Jul 2006 07:16:31 +0000 (UTC)


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