Delhi HC asks Centre to act against NTRO officials

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Centre to take action against some senior officers of NTRO, involved allegedly in various administrative and financial irregularities causing loss to the public exchequer.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday
directed the Centre to take action against some senior
officers of National Technical Research Organisation(NTRO),
the country`s premier intelligence agency, involved allegedly
in various administrative and financial irregularities causing
loss to the public exchequer.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice
Sanjiv Khanna sought an action taken report from the
government by April 6 against the delinquent officers of NTRO,
the agency which monitors external communication, imagery and
cyber traffic.

The bench also directed the Additional Solicitor General
(ASG) A S Chandhiok to place on record all the files
pertaining to the internal inquiry report of an one-member
committee and also the report of the Comptroller and Auditor
General(CAG) by the next date of hearing.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by V K Mittal, a
scientist who voluntarily retired as Officer on Special Duty
(OSD) from NTRO, seeking a direction to the government to
submit the internal inquiry report with regard to the
functioning of the organisation and the financial
irregularities committed by its senior officials.
The petitioner referred to a media report and said the
CAG in its report found several financial, technical and
administrative irregularities in the purchase of sensitive
equipment worth Rs 750 crore.

He claimed the CAG also found security lapses in laying
down specifications for procurement. The audit has also
noticed possible misuse of secret funds but these funds are
out of its purview, he added.

As per the petitioner, he sought information from NTRO
under the RTI Act but he was refused saying NTRO was exempted
from providing any information under the law.

Despite a complaint to the PMO and the CVC, no action has
been taken against the senior officials involved in various
irregularities in the organisation, Mittal contended.

Seeking an order to make public the inquiry report,
the petitioner claimed a single-member committee had conducted
an inquiry in December 2009 and the report has not so far been
made public.

The court fixed April 6 as the date for further hearing
of the PIL.

PTI

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