Prez may take call on declaring her assets: CIC

Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi underlined the fact that he had no powers under the RTI act to pass any direction in this regard.

New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has suggested that it is for the President of India to take a call on placing her and her family`s property
details in public domain.

Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi underlined
the fact that he had no powers under the RTI act to pass any
direction in this regard.

"The Commission cannot pass any direction in this
regard, as it does not come within the Commission`s powers as
mandated under the RTI Act.

"Now that various functionaries like ministers.
Judges, and Information Commissioners have voluntarily put up
details of their assets on website, it is for the President
to take a decision on this matter," he said.

Gandhi was hearing the petition of activist Subhash
Agrawal who sought to know the details of the assets of
President Pratibha Patil and her family members and steps
taken to place them on the website.

President`s Secretariat refused to give information
since the information was not available on record.

It also said there was no legal requirement for the
President to declare her personal as well as family`s assets.

Agrawal argued that although there may not be any
legal requirement, since various functionaries including the
Prime Minister have voluntarily placed their assets in public
domain, the President may follow the same and set a "good
example in transparency which others can follow."

PTI

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