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CIC to consider afresh plea for info on central protectees: HC

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High today set aside an order of the transparency panel CIC denying an RTI applicant's plea for information on who all received security from central agencies and at what cost.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru sent the matter back to the Central Information Commission (CIC) to consider afresh the rival contentions and pass an appropriate order.


The set aside the transparency panel's October 28, 2016 decision, saying the CIC was required to examine whether the information sought was exempted under the Right to Information Act, which it appeared not to have done.

The also disagreed with the Centre's argument that disclosing information on who all were being protected, would endanger the lives of the protectees.

"How does it endanger someone's life by saying who is protected or how much it has cost," it asked.

The CIC in its order had said that the information sought cannot be provided as the same has not been given even to

Under the RTI Act, any information which cannot be provided to cannot be disclosed under the transparency law, it had said.

Disagreeing with the CIC stand, the said in the instant matter, it was nobody's case that had sought such information or that it cannot be provided to

After sending the matter back to CIC, the disposed of the plea moved by RTI applicant Deepak Juneja, through advocate Ayush Arora, challenging the CIC decision.

Juneja, according to his plea, had first sought the information on July 5, 2014 which was denied by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Thereafter, his appeals to the First Appellate Authority and later the CIC also were not successful.

Subsequently, he moved the high against the CIC order of October last year.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, December 05 2017. 17:45 IST
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