Tuesday, July 13, 2010

CBI refuses to reveal info on MEA's extradition letter about Anderson

CBI has refused to part with information on a purported letter of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) asking it not to pursue extradition proceedings against then chairman of Union Carbide Warren Anderson after the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy. "The case is still pending prosecution vis-a-vis Anderson, who is an absconder in the case. I am convinced the disclosure of information as asked by you (applicant) would impede the process of his pending extradition and prosecution," CBI said in a response to a query filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Denying the information to applicant Ajay K Agrawal, an advocate, Chief Public Information Officer of CBI, Rakesh Aggarwal said his response under the transparency law could be challenged before a superior authority within 30 days.

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If it is a matter of life and liberty of a person, the officer shall provide the information within 48 hours of receiving the request; however, if the request is rejected, the reason for the same shall be communicated to the person. I read some on RTI at http://www.lawisgreek.com/constitutional-law-right-to-information-act-2005/  
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