Remember the promises made by Narendra Modi before the 2014 elections? All the ads shouting “Na khaenge, na khane denge”. It all seems a bluff now.
According to a report by News agency PTI, prime minister Narendra Modi’s office refused to share the details of the black money that Govt. has bought back from foreign countries like Singapore. An RTI was filed by Central Information Commission to know about the amount that the Govt. has bought back till now.
In the back of its move, Prime Minister’s Office cited a provision of the Right to Information Act that bars the disclosure of information that may impede investigation and prosecution of offenders.
An application was filed under Right to Information first by Indian Forest Service officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, for getting info about black money bought back since 1st of June, 2014. The application was filed in August 2017. The Prime Minister office clearly refused to share the information with Sanjay Chaturvedi claiming that the information sought by RTI doesn’t come under the Right to Information Act.
The officer then went to the Central Information Commision to request for the same. CIC took action immediately and ordered the Prime Minister office to give the requested information within a half month.
Prime Minister office released a statement in reply to the order of CIC. It says, “As such, disclosure of all the action/efforts undertaken by the government at this juncture may impede the whole process of investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders and hence would attract the provision of exemption under Section 8  [h] of the RTI Act.”
The office also stated that such information comes only under the jurisprudence of different government intelligence and security organizations, and these intelligence and security organizations are not covered under Right to Information.