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sidmis posted a topic in RTI in MediaNSCS spying case: RTI reply shows cracks in police theory As published in the Hindusthan Times, reported Press by Trust Of India, New Delhi, May 30, 2010 Loopholes seem to be emerging in the probe into the 2006 National Security Council secretariat spying case as an RTI reply said there is no record of Delhi Police seeking NSCS' opinion on documents found in computer of an accused, which later became the basis of his arrest. The Delhi Police had claimed that it had sought the views of the Secretariat on two electronic documents recovered from the computer of one of the accused, retired Navy Commander Mukesh Saini. A director at NSCS, Vinod Kumar Mall, had opined that possession of the said documents was unauthorised and classified which became the basis of Saini's arrest under the Official Secrets Act. However, in an RTI reply to Saini, the NSCS has said there are no entries in its records of receiving such communication from Delhi Police. It also said that there are no file notings to show how the opinion was formed by Mall who was then director at the Secretariat. NSCS is the top intelligence coordination body of the country which is headed by the National Security Advisor. After the alleged spying case came to light in June 2006, the Special Cell had carried out searches in Saini's house in Delhi Cantonment area on June 11, 2006 and claimed to have found some classified documents, computer hard disc and other material. The two electronic documents recovered by police from the hard disc seized from Saini's residence were related to a project Secure Information Database Information (SIDE) and minutes of meeting of Indo-US cyber security forum which took place in 2003 of which the officer was coordinator. According to Special Cell, in two letters 2871 and 2872 dated June 30, 2006 - a day before the arrest of Saini - it sought the views of NSCS whether the possession of these documents was authorised. Mall in his "undated" replies, letter no 1206/Dir(VM)/2006 and 1207/Dir (VM)/2006, to Delhi Police had opined that the documents and its contents are "classified and possession can be termed as unauthorised". The views of Mall became one of the reasons for slapping charges under OSA against Saini and his arrest. In an RTI reply to Saini, the NSCS said it has "no entries in NSCS records regarding receipt of letter no 2871 and 2872/ACP/NDR dated June 30, 2006" from Delhi Police. NSCS spying case: RTI reply shows cracks in police theory- Hindustan Times
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs 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