PMO to provide communication between PM, Raja

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 19:10

New Delhi: The Prime Minister`s Office on Wednesday
said it will provide to an RTI applicant the correspondence
between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Telecom
Minister A Raja in connection with 2G spectrum allocation.

The PMO said it had not denied any information in this
regard to the RTI applicant as claimed by him but the
appropriate material could not be given because "the actual
request made was not" in the letters between Singh and Raja.

The RTI applicant had sought to know why Raja was kept in
the Cabinet despite serious allegations of corruption against
him. He claimed that PMO had denied this information, saying
it does not have any record related to the allegations of
corruption against Raja.
Acting on the matter, the CIC noted that the appellant
had "framed his queries in Hindi and his queries are a mix of
allegations and his desire for what the nation should be".

The Commission said it has reframed his queries and
after discussions with the appellant the reframed query in his
application was being given to the PIO.

"As the (Central Information) Commission, after
consulting the applicant, has reframed the request as
requiring disclosure of the aforementioned correspondence,
copies of the same would be made available to the applicant in
this case...," the Prime Minister`s Media Adviser Harish Khare
said in a statement.
Contending that a wrong impression had gone out on the
application issue, Khare underlined that the PMO has always,
in response to Right to Information applications, provided the
information sought.

"Applicants who have earlier sought copies of
correspondence between Shri Raja and the Prime Minister have
already in the past been provided these copies by the PMO," he
said.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 19:10

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