New reasons for refusing info on Kalam’s Padma Award objections

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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