Why was the Gujarat CM not interrogated in the Gujarat riots case?
The appellant wanted to know if there was any compulsion from the Prime Minister or the Home Minister not to interrogate the Chief Minister of Gujarat in connection with the Gujarat riots and the reasons for not charge sheeting Mr. Narendra Modi in an encounter case of Sohrabuddin and his wife. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed the appellant that two charge sheets had been filed and the case was under investigation under section 173(8) of the Cr. PC. The First Appellate Authority (FAA) upheld the order of the PIO and stated that no such compulsion or order was received from any one.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondent submitted that there was no record to show that any order or direction had been received from any of these authorities or anyone else not to interrogate the Chief Minister.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) agreed with the decision of PIO/respondent and rejected the appeal observing that there is no information to be disclosed.
Citation: Mr. Bhagwan Sharma v. Central Bureau of Investigation, Special Crime Branch, in File No.CIC/SM/A/2011/002193
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/592
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