DIRECTING THE Intelligence Bureau and Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to provide a copy of the IB report on allegations of corruption and human rights violations to IFS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi, the Central Information Commission (CIC) in its final order on Thursday said that such “attitude lends support to the criticism that state is the biggest litigant fighting a citizen or its own officer in tribunals and courts”.
“The constitutional governance should not allow people to lose faith in Satyamev Jayate (truth alone triumphs) or Dharmo Rakshathi Rakshitah (You protect rule of law, it protects you). No public servant should be prosecuted for prosecuting corrupt babus or corrupt netas for eating away huge public money,” the CIC warned.
“Fortunately, the constitutional governance permits top political executives like the President, Prime Minister, Governors, Chief Ministers or bureaucratic heads to come to rescue of officers working sincerely against corruption wherever it is. If they do so, there will be no need for sincere officers to approach tribunals judicial or quasi judicial, seeking protection of rule of law,” the order said.
Chaturvedi sought through RTI, a copy of the IB report submitted in relation to false cases filed against him by corrupt officers exposed by him during his term as DFO in Haryana. MOEF sought the opinion of the IB, which objected to disclosure. Chaturvedi then approached the Commission.