Information regarding alleged corruption in recruitment of Traffic Probationary Officers
The appellant had filed a complaint with the Director, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) alleging corruption in the recruitment of Traffic Probationary Officers by the Visakhapatnam Port Trust. Later, he filed two applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in this regard. The Public Information Officer (PIO) refused to disclose any information on the ground that the CBI had been included in the second schedule to the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant argued that he was entitled to obtain the information because it pertained to allegations of corruption. The respondent submitted that the CBI had not investigated into this case and had merely forwarded the complaint received from the appellant to the Visakhapatnam Port Trust for further necessary action and thus they had no information to disclose.
View of CIC
The Commission observed that against the allegation of alleged corruption in the recruitment by the Port Trust, the CBI had not taken up any investigation. The CBI had thought it fit only to forward the complaint to the Port Trust for further necessary action. The CIC directed the PIO to provide to the appellant a photocopy of the letter by which his complaint had been forwarded to the Visakhapatnam Port Trust and the copies of any other documents available in this regard.
Citation: Mr. Rednam Deepak v. Central Bureau of Investigation in File No. CIC/SM/A/2012/000722 & 1174
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/937
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