PMO ‚prepares to release Vajpayee and Modi’s correspondence‘ after RTI demand for their letters on Gujarat riots
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) will seek the Gujarat government’s consent to release correspondence between former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the aftermath of the riots in the state in 2002.
The contents of the communications have been sought through a Right to Information (RTI) application.
The PMO’s Central Public Information Officer S.E.
Rizvi had earlier turned down the request citing a section of the RTI Act pertaining to withholding information that is likely to impact a probe or the arrest and prosecution of offenders.
A Right to Information (RTI) application is seeking the release of correspondence between Atal Bihari Vajpayee (left) and Chief Minister Narendra Modi (right) in the aftermath of the riots in the state of 2002
But PMO Director Krishan Kumar, hearing an appeal against the ruling, noted that no grounds were given for denial of the information.
The applicant claimed that the information being sought pertained to events that took place 11 years ago, and was unlikely to have any impact on the probe or prosecution of offenders.
The appellate authority asked the PMO to gather fresh information and hand it over to the applicant.
It held that the ground for withholding the information was not right.
The application seeking details of the correspondence has been pending for over six months.
The applicant has been informed that the PMO was in consultation with a „third party“ i.e. the Gujarat government.
The consultation is part of the procedure that requires giving notice to the third party for sharing any information in which it is involved.
The applicant had sought all communications between Vajpayee and Modi in the period from February 27, 2002 to April 30, 2002.
The response of the Gujarat government What Is RTI In Car Insurance I.E. awaited.