Make foreign visit details of chief prosecutor public: CIC
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 22:07
New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has directed the authorities to make public details of foreign visits by a Delhi Government chief prosecutor who had handled cases like Nitish Katara murder, Anti-Sikh riots of 1984 and Rahul Mahajan drugs episode.

The case relates to the plea of an RTI applicant Vinod Kaushik who had sought to know the details of foreign visits undertaken by B S Joon allegedly without permission from the competent authority in the last 11 years.

Kaushik had also sought to know about complaints received against Joon and details regarding his promotion.

The CIC directed the Central Public Information Officer to disclose all information to Kaushik barring the details of bank statement of Joon as would be a breach of his privacy.

"The PIO is directed to severe the copies of the bank statements of Mr Joon from the information under Section 10 of the RTI Act and provide the rest to the appellant," Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said.

The Commission had asked Joon to clarify his position on the disclosure of information about him.

"He (Joon) has stated that he has been provided security since there is threat to his life and property. He has submitted that Vinod Kuashik has no connection with the prosecution department and it is not clear why he is so interested in Joon's personal information." Gandhi mentioned in the order.

Joon said anonymous complaints have been lodged against him to stop his promotion and block his career growth.

He also stated that if his personal information is disclosed to any stranger it would affect his efficiency and working in the cases which he handles.

Rejecting the arguments, Gandhi said, "These claims have been made without any basis and seemed to be guided only by his desire to block disclosure of information. His claim that his performance in the cases of the government would go down in case of release of information also does not seem to have any substance."

"It would have helped the Commission to decide the matter (in a) better (way) if he had sought non-disclosure of some specific information and explained how it could be considered an invasion to his privacy," he said.


First Published: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 22:07

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