Showcause to PMO for non-compliance of CIC orders

The Central Information Commission has issued a show-cause notice to the Prime Minister`s Office regarding "non-compliance" of its order relating to disclosure of union ministers` assets.

Last Updated: Sep 06, 2010, 18:30 PM IST

New Delhi: The Central Information
Commission has issued a show-cause notice to the Prime
Minister`s Office regarding "non-compliance" of its order
relating to disclosure of union ministers` assets.

"The Commission has directed the CPIO in Prime
Minister`s Office to dispose complaint within 10 days. ....the
appellant has been repeatedly approaching the Commission
stating...that the requested information has not been
provided," the Commission said in its notice.

It directed the Central Public Information Officer to
"submit an action taken report specifically in regard to the
non-compliance of the order" by September 10.

The case relates to S C Agrawal who sought to know from
the Cabinet Secretariat the information on assets, wealth and
income of all union ministers. The matter was later referred
to the PMO.

The Commission had on June 7 this year directed the PMO
to disclose the assets of union ministers after getting
clearance from the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Rajya Sabha
Chairman.

The Commission had directed the PMO to complete the
exercise within 10 days of receiving the decision.

"Failure to receive a response within a reasonable time
will, however, be construed as acquiescence in the light of
previous decisions given by each of the heads of both Houses,"
Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said on a
plea of Agrawal.

Habibullah directed the Prime Minister`s Office to refer
the RTI application with respect to those ministers who
are Lok Sabha Members to Speaker Meira Kumar and those who are
Members of Rajya Sabha to Chairman Hamid Ansari for permission
to disclose the assets and liabilities of the ministers.

The CIC has said that after getting requisite details
the information would be furnished to Agrawal.

But the PMO even after getting the necessary orders from
the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha did not provide the details,
alleged Agrawal before the Commission.

PTI