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New Delhi, April 7
The Central Information Commission has rejected an RTI appeal seeking information on premature retirement of fighter pilots in the Indian Air Force (IAF) and said such disclosures were â€œsensitiveâ€ and could lead to unforeseen consequences.
â€œAny hasty disclosure of seemingly innocuous statistical information, as in this case, can lead to consequences which may not be properly foreseen at a given point of timeâ€, Information Commissioner A.N. Tiwari said in a recent decision.
Dismissing an appeal filed by one Wing Commander Alok Joshi seeking detailed records of the IAFâ€™s fighter pilots who were granted premature retirement from 2004 onwards, the CIC said there was need to exercise caution in divulging information on manpower planning in the armed forces.
The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Nation
Wednesday April 11 2007 00:00 IST
KANNUR: The letters written by leaders of various political parties, extending support to Manmohan Singh for the formation of a government at the Centre, have become a matter of controversy with the refusal of the Presidentâ€™s Secretariat to issue photocopies of these letters under the Right to Information Act.
Various political parties including the Karunanidhi-led DMK, CPM, CPI, RJD and other allies of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) had handed over letters extending support to Manmohan Singh to the President before the formation of the Union Government. The reason cited for refusing to issue the copies of the letters by Nitin Wakankar, Central Public Information Officer, Rashtrapathi Bhavan, is that these letters were given under a â€˜â€˜fiduciary relationshipâ€™â€™ between the authors of the letter and the President and that this came under Section 8(e) of the RTI Act.
The argument of the Central Public Information Officer of the Rashtrapati Bhavan is now being challenged by the Thalassery-based Peopleâ€™s Council for Civil Rights headed by T Asafali through an appeal petition filed with the Internal Financial Adiviser and Appellate Authority under the RTI Act at the Presidentâ€™s Secretariat. Asafaliâ€™s request seeking photocopies of the letters written by the leaders of the UPA allies had earlier been rejected by the Central Public Information Officer.
In his appeal petition filed with Rasika Chaube, Appellate authority under the RTI Act at the Presidentâ€™s Secretariat, Asafali has contented that â€˜â€˜there is no question of existence of a fiduciary relationshipâ€™â€™ between President of India and the leaders of the parliamentary parties.
â€˜â€˜Since some of the coalition partners who offered support to Manmohan Singh for forming government at the Centre are now speaking against it as if there is a change of circumstance, people are entitled to know the contents of the letters,â€™â€™ argues Asafali in his appeal petition.
The Appellate authority at the Rashtrapati Bhavan is yet to respond to the appeal petition filed by Asafali.
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