New reasons for refusing info on Kalam’s Padma Award objections
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Last Updated: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 15:49
New Delhi: Fourteen months after an RTI application was filed and decision of CIC given on the issue, the President's Secretariat has come up with a new set of reasons for not disclosing the objections raised by former President A P J Kalam on Padma Awards in 2004.

The office has filed a review petition against the November 9 order in which Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah had directed to make public the objections raised by the former President in page 4-8 (not all) of the Awards file after severing the names and details of individuals to protect their privacy.

Surprisingly, the two new reasons for withholding the information were ignored by the Secretariat during last 14 months since application was filed and during appeal hearings held at various stages including those before Habibullah.

In its petition, the secretariat has said that comments mentioned in the pages are based on inputs received from intelligence agencies IB and RAW which exempted from RTI Act.

"It may be kindly appreciated that final list of Padma Awardees of 2004 is already available in public domain and some of the information pertains to them. Even if their names and particulars are deleted therefrom, there is a distinct possibility of remotely connecting these inputs of personal nature with the awardees," the secretariat said.


First Published: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 15:49

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