RTI application seeking copies of the statements recorded and documents collected
The appellant filed an application the Right to information (RTI) Act seeking the copies of the statements recorded and documents collected during the enquiry done by DIG, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the orders of the Supreme Court of India in the WP(Cr) No. 15 of 1994. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed him that, in spite of efforts, the said records were not any longer traceable. During the hearing, the respondent submitted that the statements of individuals examined during the enquiry and other related records were no longer traceable anywhere in the office of the CBI. The respondent also drew CIC’s attention to an order of the Supreme Court in which the Court itself had observed that all the records filed before it in connection with that case could be obtained by the parties, implying that whatever records had been furnished before the court could have been accessed by the parties of that case including the appellant.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) rejected the appeal noting that the desired records are no longer traceable in the CBI.
Citation: Mr. Anil Dawra v. Central Bureau of Investigation in File No.CIC/SM/A/2011/001383
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/561
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