CBI seeks exemption from RTI Act; approaches High Court
An application was filed with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking information related to status of sanction for prosecution against government officials facing allegations of corruption between 2007 and 2011.
The CBI had denied the information citing exemption provided to certain agencies under section 24 of the RTI Act following which an appeal was filed with the Central Information Commission (CIC). It was argued that many of the sought information have already been disclosed by the ministry of personnel in a number of responses to Parliament members. The CIC, after hearing the case, had directed the CBI to furnish the demanded information. The CBI has now moved Delhi High Court claiming that provision of allegations of corruption mentioned in Section 24 (1) of the RTI Act is only applicable when it is against its employees and not all the cases of corruption under its control.
Justice Rajiv Shakdher of the Delhi High Court has stayed the CIC order till next hearing which is scheduled for April 3.