CBI won’t disclose CWG contracts, CIC relents

The CIC on Wednesday allowed the CWG OC to withhold for now disclosure of controversial contracts and agreements entered into with overlays suppliers after the CBI stated that revealing the information will impede the probe.

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010, 18:26 PM IST

New Delhi: The CIC on Wednesday allowed the CWG
Organising Committee to withhold for now disclosure of
controversial contracts and agreements entered into with
overlays suppliers after the CBI stated that revealing the
information will impede the probe.
In a hearing before the Central Information
Commission, officials of Anti-Corruption Branch of the
investigating agency said they had registered three cases
related to the allegations of corruption in the conduct of the
Commonwealth Games and disclosure of such documents would
adversely affect the probe.

Following the submissions of the CBI, Information
Commissioner M L Sharma said the information can be withheld
from disclosure "at this stage".

"The CBI has suggested that three criminal cases of
corruption, misfeasance and malfeasance have been filed
against certain officials of the Commonwealth Games Organising
Committee," he said.

Sharma said since investigations are at preliminary
stage, the disclosure of information would impede the process.

He said the appellant also agrees with the view hence
the information can be withheld from disclosure at this stage.
The case relates to an RTI application filed by
activist S C Agrawal who had sought to know from the
Organising Committee the details of "copies of agreements with
all the firms including GL Meroform, Nussli, a Swiss firm, ESG
Arena D Art Indo consortium, PICO-Deepali consortium etc" in
connection with Commonwealth Games 2010.

He had also sought the names of partners of firms
mentioned in his query.

The organising committee rejected the application
citing section 8(1)(d) of the RTI Act which prohibits
disclosure of information related commercial confidence, trade
secrets or intellectual property on the ground that it can
harm the competitive position of a third party, unless the
competent authority is satisfied that larger public interest
warrants the disclosure of such information.

As the CBI has already started a probe in the alleged
corruption in the award of the deals, the Central Information
Commissioner M L Sharma had sought agency`s views on the
disclosure of information.

PTI