CIC disapproves "blanket ban" on disclosure of information
By Abhinav Bohare
Wanted to know that are security org like Intelligence Bureau , RAW and DMI or Joint Intelligence Commiitee covered under RTI act ?
Can we ask informations pertaining to Intelligence reports and actions by the Government on the inputs by these agencies ?
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.....The Right Informed
CIC to visit Tihar, meet War Room Leak accused
AS REPORTED by Mohit Sharma, July 07, 2008, Express India
New Delhi, July 6 Chief Information Commissioner Wajahad Habibbullah will be visiting the Tihar Jail next week. The reason: Intelligence Bureau's denial to reply a Right To Information (RTI) query by two accused in the Navy War Room Leak case.
The two are currently lodged in the jail, having been booked under the Official Secrets Act.
According to sources in the jail, the matter came to light when the officers — Ravi Shankaran and Vijender Rana — filed the RTI application last month, seeking to know the basis of their arrest and the cases against them.
The jail officials said after a month, they received a reply. “The Intelligence Bureau refused to present the documents,” an official said. “The applicants were reluctant to accept the reply given by the IB.” Following this, the two wrote to Habibbullah's office and it was decided last week that the CIC would visit Tihar.
Confirming the visit, Habibbullah said: “A visit to Tihar Jail on July 16 is on our schedule. We have two to three matters, including the War Room Leak case pending for hearing. To avoid inconvenience to Tihar authorities in producing them before us, we have decided to pay a visit to the jail.”
He said the two officers did indeed have queries about the Intelligence Bureau's denial.
Tihar sources added that the CIC would be accompanied by a few officials of the Commission. Undertrials Shankaran and Rana are in jail number one. They, along with three other defence officers, were charged under the Officials Secret Act for allegedly entering into a conspiracy and
“compromising” about 7,000 pages of defence information.
The documents from the Naval war room and air defence headquarters had a direct bearing on national security. The CBI registered the case on March 20, 2006, following a reference from the Defence Ministry and a scrutiny of an inquiry conducted by the Indian Air Force.
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