‘CIC seeks info on assets held by CBI officials’

The Central Information Commission has directed the CBI to make public properties of its officials posted in Delhi and Mumbai and their source of income for the last 10 years.

Last Updated: Jul 05, 2011, 15:53 PM IST

New Delhi: The Central Information
Commission has directed the CBI to make public properties of
its officials posted in Delhi and Mumbai and their source of
income for the last 10 years.

The transparency panel also directed the CBI to
disclose file notings on the appointment of its Director.

The CIC rejected CBI`s plea that since it has been
brought in the list of organisations exempted from disclosure
under transparency law from June 9 all the appeals should now
be considered "infructuous".

Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said the
notification has not been issued with a retrospective effect,
hence the agency shall respond to all the applications filed
before June 9.

"The notification was issued on June 9, 2011 and there
is no express stipulation whatsoever that the notification
shall come into force with effect from any date prior to June
9. Moreover, the notification does not appear to indicate any
intention of affecting existing rights and therefore, must
be construed as prospective in nature," he said.

The Commission was hearing the petition of
Bhilwara-based activist S S Ranawat who had filed the
application on August 4, 2010 but was not provided
information. His query seeking file notings of Director`s
appointment did not get any response. With regard to addresses
and properties of officers, the CBI cited clause of personal
safety.

Gandhi issued show-cause notice to Central Public
Information Officer for not providing timely reply and
directed to comply with disclosure orders before July 30.

PTI