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Punjab State Information Commission has ruled that the Right to Information (RTI) Act was not applicable on the information compromising the law and order of the state or country.

The complainant Gupta had sought the information regarding the incidents wherein members of Hindu community were pulled out of buses and killed between the year of 1984 to 1995.

Taking strong exception of Gupta’s case filed against the public information officer and the first Appellate Authority of the Punjab Police, the state Chief Information Commissioner SS Channy said that the information sought by the complainant may adversely affect the communal harmony and ultimately unity and integrity of the state, which could trigger communal riots.

“So, this information will not be necessarily be given under Section 8 (1) (a) of the Act 2005,” he held.

Disposing of the case, Channy said that this information may not also be disclosed under the RTI Act because the clause of exemption implemented on this as this could be harmful for foreign security of the country.


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