New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ordered the Chief Information Commission (CIC) to make the report public on the alleged harassment of whistle-blower IFoS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi.
Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva held the operation of CIC's April 21 order till the next date of hearing on August 9, considering Investigation Bureau’s (IB) plea challenging the decision.
Not very often are Indian agencies asked to disclose confidential information by the CIC, but in this case CIC directed IB to provide all the relevant records.
"The Commission approves that the copy of the IB report concerning the appellant, as sought by him is the information pertaining to allegations of corruption and human rights violations and thus shall be given to the appellant. Hence the Commission directs the IB or MoEF to provide certified copy of IB report relating to Sanjiv Chaturvedi, sought through RTI dated December 05, 2015 as soon as possible not beyond May 6, 2016," Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said.
Chaturvedi, who opened up and exposed the forestry scam in Haryana, requested the IB report copy that was sent to Cabinet Secretary and the Ministry of Environment and Forests in August 2014, on the issue of allegedly false imposed cases against him for his investigation and reports on corruption in the state.
CIC in its order believed that Chaturvedi was being harassed and his rights were being violated and some false cases were foisted against him hence this case totally is in the criteria of "corruption and human rights violation" and certainly the reports of IB now would come into consideration and the matter should be taken care of.