`No govt money spent on Sonia Gandhi`s treatment`

The Central Information Commission said that the Government of India did not make any expenditure on Congress president Sonia Gandhi`s treatment abroad.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Central Information Commission (CIC) on Wednesday said that the Government of India did not make any expenditure on Congress president Sonia Gandhi`s treatment abroad.

On Monday, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had alleged that according to a media report, Rs 1,880 crore were spent on travel and treatment of Gandhi. However, the Gujarat Chief Minister had offered to tender a public apology hours after making the allegation if his charge was found to be false.

The case relates to an RTI application filed by one Naveen Kumar of Moradabad, who sought to know from the Prime Minister`s Office, National Advisory Council, Lok Sabha Secretariat and Ministries of External Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs, Statistics and Programme Implementation details of the medical expenditure incurred on the treatment of Gandhi.

During the hearing before Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra, the Ministries held no medical bills were submitted by Gandhi for reimbursement.

"From the submissions made by the respondents, it was quite clear that neither any reimbursement for any such expenditure had been claimed by the individual concerned from these public authorities nor any expenditure made in this regard. In other words, till now, the government has incurred no expenditure in this regard," Mishra had held in his order dated May 03.

He said that in any case the expenditure made by individual on her treatment, in India or abroad, is private information and cannot be subject matter of an RTI application.

The matter assumes importance in the recent war of words between Modi and the Congress on the expenditure incurred on the treatment of Gandhi.

The Gujarat CM’s allegations were refuted by Congress leader Digvijay Singh, who said the incident "establishes the motive of BJP and Narendra Modi, their malafide cheap intentions. They want to politicise even an issue like health".

(With PTI inputs)

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