Gujarat HC issues notice on RTI disclosure of APRs
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 23:54
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has issued notice to the state information commission on a petition filed by a senior IAS officer seeking quashing of latter's order to provide annual property returns (APRs) details of IAS, IPS and IFS officers here to an RTI applicant.

Justice H K Rathod also issued notices to the Gujarat Government and the journalist, who had filed the RTI application.

The next hearing has been posted to December 9.

In June 2008, journalist Kapil Dave had filed the application seeking APR details of IAS, IPS and IFS officers posted in Gujarat from the date of their joining service.

However, it was rejected by the public information officer of the General Administration Department. Dave had then approached state chief Information commissioner R N Das.

The Commission, in a landmark order, had asked the government to furnish the details of APRs of state IAS, IPS and IFS officers to the journalist.

Arvind Agarwal, an IAS officer currently serving as Managing Director of Gujarat Industrial Development Corp, moved the High Court against the order, saying the information sought was not in the nature of public interest.

In his petition, Agarwal further said such information squarely fell under exemption as stated in Sections 8 as well as 7 (9) of the RTI Act.

The petition, further, said the attempt on the part of RTI applicant was "malicious, highly unreasonable, illegal" and aimed at "demoralising" officers of the state.

The information in the APRs was personal and the right to privacy of family members would be adversely affected if such information was disclosed, Agarwal argued.

As no larger public interest is involved in the issue, the order of the RTI Commission deserves to be quashed, the petition said.


First Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 23:54

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