Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cops can’t hide behind RTI exemption: SIC

In a pathbreaking order, the Tamil Nadu State Information Commission has said that the Central Crime Branch of the City Police cannot refuse to part with information by taking cover under section 24 of the RTI act in cases related to human rights violations. N Swaminathan, 58, claims he was arrested in July 2008 without investigation on the basis of a false complaint made by his business associate Sembiam Kesvan, against whom he had in fact made a complaint for cheating him of Rs 14 lakh. On his release on bail, Swaminathan filed an RTI application in May 2010, asking for the documents pertaining to the case. The CCB, however, denied him the information on the grounds that it would impede the investigation process.

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