CIC directs PMO to produce file on PM Modi’s foreign travels

The Prime Minister's Office had refused the information citing personal safety.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 28, 2016 6:39 pm
modi, modi foreign visits, modi visit, modi japan visit, modi travels, modi news, narendra modi news, modi trips govt records, modi govt records Prime Minister Narendra Modi emplanes at AFS Palam in New Delhi. (File/PTI photo)

The CIC has directed the PMO to produce one representative file related to foreign travels of the Prime Minister after the top office refused an RTI applicant access to these documents citing safety concerns.

The case relates to Commodore (Retd) Lokesh Batra who had sought details related to the expenditure incurred on foreign travels of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his predecessors, which the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had denied citing sections of the RTI related to security.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had refused the information citing personal safety. Chief Information Commissioner Radha Krishna Mathur has now directed the PMO to peruse the files to ascertain whether there was any security concerns in the records on the basis of which information can be denied.

“The Commission observed that without perusal of the file, it cannot be decided that whether the sought for information contains security related information,” Mathur said, directing the Ministry to produce one representative file before it.

Batra stated before the Commission that the case involves substantive public interest as the bailout amount, reported to be in thousands of crores of rupees, being given to Air India is the money of tax payers.

He referred to his RTI application and stated that he was seeking information on four points regarding details of expenses incurred on air travel by Air India in respect of foreign visits of the incumbent Prime Minister and former Prime Ministers, the laid down instructions, process/procedure/steps involved in chartering flights for PM’s foreign visits and later filing ‘flight returns’ and raising bills/invoices and clearing bills on completion of the visit, copy of bills, etc.

Batra told the Commission that the PMO website as on September 13, 2016 was showing that the bills are under process for payment or have not been received for journeys undertaken by the PM during the period between June 15, 2014 and September 8, 2016.

He said there is a need for reforms by understanding the causes of long delays in payments to Air India.

In its response, the PMO had told Batra that the record pertaining to flights of the PM contain information which has security issues and hence it is exempted from disclosure under section 8(1)(g) of the RTI Act.

The External Affairs Ministry had earlier said the matter falls under the category where the disclosure of information would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India and security interests of the State and hence, attract the provision of section 8(1)(a) of the RTI Act.

It said in view of security reasons, the file inspection by the appellant cannot be allowed.

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    GGG
    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:46 pm
    Modiot is the security concern for Bharat. He doesn't have any fking security concern for himself. He is THE GLOBAL TERRORIST. He visits all countries and KING WHISPERS(barb-aryan technology) "TERRORIST JUST ARRIVED IN YOUR COUNTRY".
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      rahul
      Oct 28, 2016 at 4:07 pm
      ask the applicant to get the info on who paid for Sonia's US treatment?
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        Babu Gupta
        Oct 28, 2016 at 4:05 pm
        There are a lot Porki pigs like you in hidden name.
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          bitterhoney
          Oct 28, 2016 at 3:21 pm
          This is the transparency of Modi govt. As we voted him to power, we will vote him out.
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            ASHOK KUMAR
            Oct 28, 2016 at 4:09 pm
            Modi should abolish RTI Act.
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              harun
              Oct 28, 2016 at 2:15 pm
              MMS was also asked to furnish expenses incurred on his Travel and it was much debated on TV.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Dont remember security reasons being cited as a reason not to provide details.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;PM has managed to convince China in calling stan a terror State by virtue of his extensive Travel and campaign abroad.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Every Paisa of Tax Payer Money was worth the purpose.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Though the applicant may have a motive behind exposing the Amount spent,it should not stop the PMO from providing it.
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                harun
                Oct 28, 2016 at 11:51 pm
                Yes we need to know that as well
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                  SATISH
                  Oct 28, 2016 at 4:50 pm
                  IF madcap kejri starts foreign trips, RTI will ran away as his gunda, murders, rapists in the party will finish RTI activites. God save this country from AAP bhakts
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                    Ashok Mazumdar
                    Oct 28, 2016 at 6:29 pm
                    3500 cr spent for trps
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                      Ashok Mazumdar
                      Oct 29, 2016 at 12:13 am
                      How Can Past Trips of Modi create future Security Concerns ?, when it is A Past Expanditure.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Private Information like - who accompanied with him, how he slept, what he had eaten, how many Pairs of Dresses he carried, name if the Barber, name of the Cook, name of his make up man, perfumes used must not be asked.
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                        Ashok Mazumdar
                        Oct 29, 2016 at 12:03 am
                        Where is Kejriwal in the Picture of CIC Orders. Is seems that You are also Suffering From Kejri-Phobia.The Kejriwal Pest has Entered your Immune System. .
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                          Manzoor
                          Oct 28, 2016 at 3:23 pm
                          Sorry, wrongly choosen thumps down,😀
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                            Manzoor
                            Oct 28, 2016 at 3:25 pm
                            Sorry, wrongly choosen thumps down😀😀😀
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                              Mayur Panghaal
                              Oct 28, 2016 at 3:55 pm
                              I know that feku spent 18 crores in just sending sms on yoga day.
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                                Mayur Panghaal
                                Oct 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm
                                Till yesteday feku was singing songs about how RTI should be made hle free..I guess he was giving jumlas as usual ...ha ha h aha haha ha ha ..........Feku has not given a single unscripted interview press conf since he got elected...even maunmohan was better than him....ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
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                                  Mayur Panghaal
                                  Oct 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm
                                  ha ha ha ha.............I guess case will go to court...and end up like the Smriti Irani fake degree case....ha ha ha ha........oh ....by the way....has feku disclosed his degree via the RTIs filed in dozens ?? NO ??? ha ha ha ha ha ..... poor Jitendra Tomar.AAP ke side effects.
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                                    Sawan
                                    Oct 28, 2016 at 6:12 pm
                                    Arvind Kejriwal's Magsaysay Award was for his role in the RTI Act.
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                                      Sawan
                                      Oct 28, 2016 at 6:19 pm
                                      From Rediff dated April 29, 2009:---------- Amid a controversy over Congress leader Rahul hi's foreign degrees, the University of Cambridge has said the Congress leader was a student of Trinity College and was awarded an M.Phil in Development Studies in 1995. In a letter to hi, Vice-Chancellor Prof Alison Richard said she regretted the recent controversy in India over his qualifications and clarified that he was a student at the Trinity College from October 1994 to July 1995. He was awarded the M.Phil in Development Studies in 1995, she said. "It is extremely unfortunate that a controversy has arisen regarding your degree and we would like to set the controversy at rest immediately," Prof Richard wrote. Soon after Rahul filed his affidavit from Uttar Pradesh's Amethi consuency, a newspaper report had raised questions over his educational qualification which he had mentioned in his nomination papers. The report also claimed that the certification from the university shows not only has he got the dates wrong he has even got the name of the course he took incorrect. Prof Richard added that hi's conduct during his time at the university was "exemplary and he remained in good standing throughout". Rahul's father and late prime minister Rajiv hi, also studied at Trinity College, Cambridge.
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                                        Sawan
                                        Oct 28, 2016 at 6:42 pm
                                        Rahul's Educational timeline:--- Schooling- St. Columba's School, Delhi then Doon School in Dehradun, from 1981 to 1983. Home-schooled due to security concerns after Indira hi's ination (on 31 st October 1984) from 1984 to 1989. Completed first year at St. Stephen's College, Delhi in 1989 and then to Harvard University till 1991 when Rajiv hi was inated and on concerns and directions by Indian Security Agencies he shifted to Rollins College and completed his B.A. in 1994 under the umed name Raul Vinci and his ideny was known only to the university officials and security agencies. He obtained an M.Phil from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1995.
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                                          Sawan
                                          Oct 30, 2016 at 3:44 pm
                                          CNN-IBN reported that Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra had replied to a Right to Information (RTI) query by one Naveen Kumar of Moradabad (Uttar Pradesh) in May, in which the authority said that the Congress president had paid for her medical treatment and no government funds were used.
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                                            V.V.Chandrasekaran
                                            Oct 28, 2016 at 1:57 pm
                                            Then probably the PM wouldn't reveal his program prior to the tour and media will not be permitted his meetings with sermons to the inland and foreign audiencegenuity in transparency.
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