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Feedback on tax evasion complaint- A consistent stand of CIC

The complainant has a right to know whether the information provided by him has been found to be false or true. It has been CIC consistent stand that feedback should be provided to the appellant once investigation into a tax evasion complaint has been finalised. Therefore, kindly remember that you have the right to get the broad outcome of the complaint but not the details of the investigations.

Blank ban on disclosure of information regarding the action taken on tax evasion complaints may not always be in the best interest of the state revenues. In fact, it may dis-enthuse the information givers as information givers are generally keen to know whether the information provided by them has been of some value to the authorities or not. Feedback on tax evasion complaint would motivate the information givers to provide further informations to the authorities and thereby enable them to curb tax evasion and enhance the state revenues.

In the present case too, the CIC ruled that Read more ›




Information denied under RTI- No more in case of Prolonged enquiry

Information denied under RTI

Information denied under RTI

Information denied under RTI- The information to the appellant cannot be denied indefinitely on the ground that the matter is still under enquiry even after so long. A copy of the report has been denied by the respondent on the grounds that enquiry into the matter, particularly how the incident occurred, was still under enquiry by the Enquiry Committee.

Shri Mahadev Tukaram Sutar, hereinafter called the appellant, has filed the present appeal dated 21.5.2012 before the Commission against the respondent Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), Mumbai for not providing complete and satisfactory information in response to his RTI-application dated 19.1.2012. Read more ›




Tax Evaders- Feed back on action taken by Authorities would motivate the information givers

tax-evaders

Tax Evaders

Information givers on tax evaders are generally keen to know whether the information provided by them has been of some value to the authorities or not. Feed back in this regard would motivate the information givers to provide further informations to the authorities and thereby enable them to curb tax evasion and enhance the state revenues. Viewed thus, despite the office of DG IT (Investigations) being an exempted organization, it may not always be the best policy to deny some kind of feed back to the information givers. The CIC ruled that in case of information about tax evaders once the investigation is completed, the CPIO should inform the appellant as to whether the contents of the TEP were found to be true or false. Full details of investigation, however, need not be disclosed.

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