Disclose officials with dubious integrity: CIC



New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has directed the CBI to make public names of its officials with "dubious integrity".

The transparency panel also directed the agency to make public list of officials against whom complaints are registered and facing enquiries.

The case relates to an RTI application filed by Port Blair-based lawyer Sujit Kumar Mazumder who had sought to know from the CBI details of officers whose names were placed in the list of "doubtful integrity" during period January 2006 to date. The agency said no such information is maintained.

He also sought to know names of officials against whom inquiries are going on, but was refused by the CBI on the grounds that it is personal information which has no relation with any public activity.

Rejecting the arguments, the CIC held, "every public authority is required to have information including details of any complaints registered or departmental enquiry initiated and conducted against any of its officers as a matter of record and more so because such officers are public servants discharging public function".

Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said any complaint registered and taken cognisance of or inquiry conducted by any authority is "necessarily a public activity".

"Disclosure of such information cannot be construed as unwarranted invasion of privacy of the officer concerned, as it concerns issues raised in the exercise of his public activity as a public servant," Gandhi said while directing the CBI to provide information before August 10.

He said such officer is accountable to the public and therefore, every citizen has the right to obtain information that may affect the officer's credibility and integrity.

PTI