CIC summons CISF over sexual harassment case

New Delhi: The CIC has summoned Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) officials over their refusal to give details regarding cases of corruption and sexual harassment registered against its personnel.

A notice has been issued to the Central Public Information Officer and the Appellate Authority of the paramilitary force to appear before the transparency watchdog on November two with all relevant documents on the matter.

In its reply to an RTI query, the CISF said that 261 cases of corruption and sexual harassment were registered against its personnel between 2001 and 2010 but refused to give information including their names, designation, details of the case and action taken report.

Of the 261 cases, 223 were related to corruption and 38 regarding sexual harassment, the reply said.

The paramilitary force had cited Section 8 (1) (J) of the RTI Act and said that the details sought "relate to personal information and it would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual".

This section bars information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the larger public interest justifies its disclosure.

The highest number of 56 graft cases were registered in 2008, followed by 52 in 2009, 49 in 2007 and 27 in last year. Besides, 16 corruption cases were filed in 2006, ten were reported in 2005 and three in 2004.