The Prime Minister’s Office will seek the views of the Gujarat government and its Chief Minister Narendra Modi for disclosing the correspondence between him and the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee after the 2002 riots.
The information was earlier denied by the Central Public Information Officer of the PMO, S E Rizwi, who cited section 8(1)(h) of the RTI Act which exempts disclosing information that could impede the process of investigation, apprehension or prosecution of offenders.
This decision was overturned during an appeal by the applicant before Rizwi’s senior Krishan Kumar (Director PMO), where the applicant had objected to the CPIO’s response, saying he failed to give germane reasons for denying the information. The applicant had also underlined that since the correspondence was 11 years old, it was not likely to have an impact on the investigation, apprehension or prosecution of offenders.
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