CIC directs MP Govt to provide property details of IAS, IPS
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Last Updated: Monday, February 15, 2010, 19:27
Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Chief Information Commissioner on Monday directed the state government to provide details of properties filed by IAS and IPS officers to the deputy leader of the Congress Legislature Party Choudhry Rakesh Singh under the RTI Act within 15-days.

Singh had filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the State Government demanding that copy of the details of properties filed by the IAS and IPS officers should be provided to him under the Act.

Barring few, rest of the elite service officials raised objections on various ground that they have provided the above information under fiduciary relationship (under confidence and trust).

Secondly, if it was made public then it would lead to an unnecessary encroachment of their privacy following which the application was rejected by the respective appelate authorities.

However, 16 IAS officer out of the total 85 and 26 IPS out of 39 have written to the government that they don't have any objection in providing details of their properties under the RTI Act to the applicant.

A senior IAS officer O P Rawat even enclosed the copy of details of his properties with the reply.

Citing Supreme Court judgement, CIC Padma Rani Tiwari ruled that when details of assets owned by people's representatives remained in public domain with an intention to check rising corruption levels, then same logic applies to public servants also.

She also said, "no question arises of encroachment of privacy or violation of fiduciary relationship of IAS, IPS officials".

Admitting the appeal and dismissing earlier orders of the respective appellate authorities, the CIC directed the State Government to provide the information under the RTI to the applicant within 15-days and provide the copy of the compliance order to the Commission within a month.


First Published: Monday, February 15, 2010, 19:27

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