Don`t destroy documents till disclosure is decided: CIC

The CIC has directed the Central Vigilance Commission not to destroy documents, whose disclosure is yet to be decided by it, even if there is a policy of disposing them of after a specified period.

Last Updated: Apr 28, 2010, 00:51 AM IST

New Delhi: The CIC has directed the
Central Vigilance Commission not to destroy documents, whose
disclosure is yet to be decided by it, even if there is a
policy of disposing them of after a specified period.

Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said
during a hearing that the documents sought by RTI applicants
should not be destroyed till a decision is made on their
disclosure.

The case is related to Maj Gen (Retd.) V K Singh who,
through his RTI application in 2008, wanted to know from the
CVC the status of his complaint highlighting the alleged
corruption in Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).

The CVC said in its reply that his complaint was
"filed" and no file notings were available.

Author of book `India`s External Intelligence: Secrets
of Research and Analysis Wing`, Singh said it is not possible
that no records of deliberations over the complaint were
available and submitted before the Commission that he wanted
to inspect the records.

The representative of Central Vigilance Commission at
the hearing before transparency panel yesterday said it may be
possible that records may have been destroyed as Commission
has a policy to destroy records of "filed" complaints which
are more than a year old. Hence, inspection may not be
possible.

She said she would check the status and inform Singh
about it.

Habibullah said, "If there is a case pending under the
RTI Act then the documents should not be destroyed till a
final decision is taken on the disclosure."

Singh who alleged several instances of corruption in
the India`s external intelligence agency RAW in his book has
been facing trial for alleged violation of Official Secrets
Act.

-PTI

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