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 vido-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 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)