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CIC to review its decision in case of ex-RAW official

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Atul Patankar

As reported by Noor Khan at www.samaylive.com on 23 April 2009

 

New Delhi, Apr 23 : The CIC today agreed to review its decision in a case involving a former RAW official and National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), admitting that the matter was "mishandled" by its officials.

 

During the hearing of his complaint at Central Information Commission, former RAW official V K Singh quoted the RTI reply given by the CIC which shows that two key witnesses in the case were not properly informed for the final hearing by the Commission's officials.

 

Singh also alleged that he was not also not given any information about the hearing.

 

"As a constitutional authority, I have been authorised to re-examine any decision that has been taken on the basis of some law or fact...File a fresh application for the review," said Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah agreeing that case was "mishandled" by the officials.

 

Author of the controversial book "India's External Intelligence Secrets of R&AW" V K Singh is facing CBI enquiry for alleged violation of Official Secrets Act for giving details of the intelligence agency's working his book.

 

Singh has contended that material used by him was highlighted in a chapter on Intelligence in a report on National Security prepared by Group of Minister in 2001, which was not a confidential document as claimed NSCS and should be given under RTI.

 

But the CIC had left the decision on NSCS on whether the report could be given or not under RTI

 

Source: CIC to review its decision in case of ex-RAW official :: Samay Live

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karira

Is the CIC a "Constitutional Authority" ?

Under which article of the Constitution ?

Hasn't CIC removed the Right to Review of appellants/complainants ?

From where does he derive powers to "re-examine any decision" ?

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sandeepbaheti
Is the CIC a "Constitutional Authority" ?

Under which article of the Constitution ?

Hasn't CIC removed the Right to Review of appellants/complainants ?

From where does he derive powers to "re-examine any decision" ?

 

Be it as it may. Next time one wishes to seek review of his case, he can quote the words of the CIC himself and CIC will not be able to refute it.

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karira

The above news article is typical "misreporting".

The order of the CIC does not mention any such thing as "constitutional authority" etc...

 

The full order is attached to this post.

WB-23042009-04.pdf

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sandeepbaheti

This is not simple misreporting. The media has misquoted the Chief Information Commissioner!

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sandeepbaheti

Well, next time one wants to seek review of his case, he can quote this matter and Article 14 of the Constitution (Equality before law). If CIC reviews its decision in one case it cannot refuse to review in other cases.

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