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Panun Kashmir demands white paper on separatists` visit to Pak

Last Updated: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 15:15

Jammu: Panun Kashmir, an organisation representing displaced Kashmiri Pandits on Monday demanded a white paper by the central government on visits of Kashmiri separatists to Pakistan.

"We demand that the government of India issue a white paper on visits of Kashmiri separatists to Pakistan," president of Panun Kashmir, Ashwani Kumar Chrungoo said at a conference here today.

This comes in the wake of JKLF founder Yasin Malik sharing a dais in Pakistan with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed recently.

He said Panun Kashmir views with serious concern the visit of Kashmir separatists to Pakistan over the years.

"There is a need for the Indian state to review the whole process of engagement with Pakistan and make a paradigm shift from its current policy paralysis on Kashmir," Chrungoo said.

It has been observed that secessionists have used these visits to meet forces that are inimical to the sovereignty and security of India, he claimed.

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front leader Malik and Saeed came together to mourn the execution of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru in Pakistan.

Former Chief Information Commissioner A N Tiwari said the Section 24 must be read in accordance with definition of `information` and the Right to Information given under the transparency law.

According to RTI Act, `information` is any material in any form held by or under the control of a public authority.

He said the section says "the information (any material in any form held by or under the control of a public authority) pertaining to allegations of corruption does not come under exemptions given to security and intelligence agencies".

Tiwari said when an information seeker applies for the information pertaining to alleged corruption, it can be disclosed.

CBI has pleaded before the High Court that its primary job is to probe corruption cases and disclosing information about them would make the exemption given to agency infructuous.

In his order, Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra had clarified the point saying RTI Act neither makes distinction between the exempted organisations on the basis of the functions they perform nor between allegations of corruption on the basis whether it is made against the employees of the exempt organisation or others.

RTI activist Subhash Agrawal cited a Madras High Court order in a case of Directorate of Vigilance and Anti- Corruption (an exempted organisation of Tamil Nadu Government similar to CBI) Vs R Karthikeyan and V Madhav where it ordered disclosure of information related to corruption.


First Published: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 15:15

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