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Can’t disclose document on ex-PM Shastri`s death: PMO

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 15:50

New Delhi: The Prime Minister`s Office has
turned down the plea for making public the `only` document
pertaining to the mysterious death of former Prime Minister
Lal Bahadur Shastri in Tashkent in 1966.

The PMO has, however, specified no reason for its non-
disclosure while citing the confidentiality clause under the
RTI Act.

The case relating to disclosure of records pertaining
to the death of Shastri will now come up in appeal before the
Central Information Commission, which will take a decision on
the confidentiality issue.

Earlier, the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO),
while rejecting an RTI application relating to Shastri`s
death, had accepted that the PMO has one document on it but
turned down the plea to make it public, citing the
confidentiality clause under the Act.

The RTI applicant Anuj Dhar, author of a book, `CIA`s
Eye on South Asia`, had then filed an appeal with the First
Appellate Authority in PMO against the decision of the CPIO.

"I appreciate the point made by you in favour of
transparency. However, on perusal of document in question and
after giving the matter a careful consideration, I am
satisfied that exemption sought under Section 8 (1)(a) has
been invoked rightly," Vini Mahajan, Joint Secretary in PMO
said while rejecting the appeal.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 15:50
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