The National Informatics Centre, software solution provider of the government, has withheld information on who altered the Wikipedia page of former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and posted scandalous information about him on the grounds it may have “security implications”.
In response to a RTI application, the software solution provider said it was withholding the information based on the input received from the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)-IN. The reply, however, does not cite any exemption clauses given in the transparency law,
“Based on the input from CERT.IN, it is seen that there may be security implications in sharing the information. Thus the same may not be shared,” the response from CPIO of National Informatics Centre Swarup Dutta said.
The RTI applicant had sought from the Department of Electronic and Information Technology the details of IP address 220.127.116.11 which was allegedly used to alter the Wikipedia page on prime ministers of India in which malicious information about Nehru was posted on it.
The NIC was also asked to provide the names of the officers who used the IP address at the time of content of Wikipedia being edited. The applicant had also sought to know if any inquiry was initiated in the matter.
Surprisingly, the NIC did not cite any of the 10 subsections of Section eight of the Right to Information Act for withholding information which is mandatory under the Act.