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Inquire into `threat` calls to RTI applicant: CIC to CBI

The Central Information Commission has directed the Central Public Information Officer of the CBI to use his own `sources` and look into the alleged threatening calls made to an RTI applicant.



New Delhi: The Central Information
Commission has directed the Central Public Information Officer
of the CBI to use his own `sources` and look into the alleged
threatening calls made to an RTI applicant who had sought
asset details of the agency`s director.

"CPIO Saurah Tripathi will in the meantime, through his
own sources, verify the origins of the calls made to Shri
Bhatnagar (RTI applicant) from the number cited above and if
criminal intent is discovered, will take remedial action,"
Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said.

Delhi-based RTI applicant Manish Bhatnagar had sought to
know from the CBI the details of service records, property
statements, details of mobile connections and benefits enjoyed
by CBI director Ashwani Kumar.

Bhatnagar did not get any reply from the agency.
Meanwhile, he reached the CIC complaining about the
alleged harassment by the "CBI officials".
Bhatnagar also said that he was receiving threatening
calls from a telephone number which he produced before the
CIC. "I feel threatened about my life and liberty and I
request you to intervene in this matter and provide necessary
safeguards," he had said in his plea before the CIC.

After CIC issued complaint notice to the CBI, the agency
said the information was personal in nature and cannot be
disclosed. It said information was sent to Bhatnagar but the
dispatch was returned with remarks that address "remain
closed".

"There remains a shadow of doubt in this regard as the
correspondence sent by the Commission to the same address has
indeed been responded to by complainant. But on the return of
the letters, which it is established had indeed occurred, CPIO
then would be well within his right to make an inquiry as to
the residence of the complainant so as to better serve him by
mailing responses to the authentic address," he said.

PTI

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