Disclose info on black money, Prez office told

CIC gives ten days to Presidents Secretariat

 The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the President’s office to disclose correspondence exchanged by different ministries and the Delhi Police to an RTI applicant on the black money allegedly parked by Indians in foreign banks.

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Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra passed the direction while hearing an appeal filed by Delhi resident Milap Choraria against the President’s Secretariat for not furnishing the information.

Choraria had written a number of letters to various authorities regarding Indians nationals depositing ill-gotten money in different foreign banks.

In his RTI application sent to the chief public information officer (CPIO) of the President Secretariat, he wanted to have copies of the relevant records, including file notings concerning the action taken on all his letters by all those authorities.

During the hearing held recently, Choraria submitted that he was mainly interested to get from the President’s Secretariat the file notings relating to their correspondence with the banking division of Finance Ministry, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Delhi Police. The President’s Secretariat, however, was not represented as no official turned up before the CIC.

“Therefore, we direct the CPIO to provide to the appellant within 10 working days of receiving this order the photocopies of the file notings from the relevant files in which the letters of the appellant had been processed and correspondence made with the Banking Division, Ministry of Finance, MEA and the Delhi Police,” the commission said in its order.

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