Thursday, November 18, 2010

CIC revokes its order on disclosure of RAW software

Revoking its direction to make public details of a snooping software developed for Research and Analysis Wing by C-DAC, the Central Information Commission has allowed withholding of information as it was a joint project with RAW which has exemption under the RTI Act. Acting on an appeal of former RAW official Brigadier (Retd) Ujjal Dasgupta, an accused in the National Security Council Secretariat spying case, the transparency panel had earlier asked the Pune-based Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) to disclose details sought by him about the software 'Anveshak'. The RAW challenged the decision in the Delhi High Court which referred the matter back to the CIC saying the panel has "erred" in overlooking sections of the RTI Act which exempted security organisations like RAW from the ambit of RTI law and those dealing with third party information.

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