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New Delhi, Jan 05: Operative parts of an inquiry report prepared by law enforcing agencies should be disclosed but details of investigation should not be made public, the Central Information Commission has said.
"...Between the need for protecting such information from disclosure and the right of the citizen to access information, it has been consistently decided that the concluding parts of such reports need to be disclosed to the requesters", Information Commissioner A N Tiwari said.
However, the Commission, while recognising the need to protect the names and particulars of deponents who assist the authorities in their investigation, has asked the law enforcing agencies not to disclose information relating to investigation details.
"...The public authority should make sure that this (concluding) part does not have names and other particulars of deponents and sources of the information received by the law enforcing agency", said the Commission.
Tiwari's observations came on its recent order directing disclosure of concluding/operating parts of vigilance inquiry report of Delhi Police conducted on one P P K Rana.
Rana, who approached the Commission, sought a copy of the vigilance inquiry report conducted by Delhi Police on her.
She had filed her application under the RTI Act before the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of Delhi Police who gave her a gist of the information.
A subsequent appeal before the Appellate Authority also did not provide her the information she wanted, after which she approached the Commission which directed Delhi Police to disclose the operative parts of the report within a week of passing the order.
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BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa Assembly Speaker, Mr Maheswar Mohanty, has reportedly sought clarification and opinion of the Lok Sabha secretary general on the issue of whether an enquiry commission report which had not been tabled in the House could be made public.
Reliable sources said the matter related to the Sorono police firing incident, which had taken place in 1999.
The commission had submitted its report to the government but it has not been made public as yet nor has it been placed in the assembly.
Mr Biswapriya Kanu-ngo, a social activist, had moved the state information commission under the RTI seeking a copy of the report and after several hearings the commission had directed the government to provide the same to Kanungo.
However, the state government moved the Orissa High Court and obtained an interim stay on providing the report to Mr Kaunugo.
Meanwhile, the state government sought the views of the Assembly Speaker Mr Maheswar Mohanty who in turn has referred to the matter to the Lok Sabha secretariat.