Friday, July 23, 2010

Dinakaran report can't be made public: Panel

In the case relating to land encroachment charges against Karnataka high court chief justice P D Dinakaran, the Tamil Nadu State Information Commission has ruled that the Tiruvallur collector's report on the issue cannot be disclosed under the Right To Information (RTI) Act. Its disclosure "at this stage" would amount to "breach of privilege and also hamper the investigation," it said. State information commissioner T R Ramasamy gave this ruling while dismissing an appeal by V Madhav of Alwarpet who filed an RTI application with the Tiruvallur collectorate in October 2009 seeking a copy of the report. Initially, the public information officer told Madhav the "report was confidentially sent to the government" and could not be furnished.

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