The Mehsana district police have denied Jashodaben Modi, wife of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the information she had sought through an RTI application last month. Jashodaben had asked for details of the official order under which she had been provided security, and what other “services” she was entitled to.
Jashodaben has been told that the information she had sought concerned the Local Intelligence Bureau (LIB), which has been exempted from the RTI Act by the state government.
The reply, from Deputy Superintendent of Police and Public Information Officer Bhakti Thakar, says, “The information sought by you is concerning the LIB and as per a notification… dated 25/10/2005 of Gujarat Government’s Home Department, LIB has been exempted from RTI under the provisions of the Act. Hence, this information cannot be provided to you.”
The reply, dated December 23, has been addressed to “Jashodaben, the daughter of Chimanlal Modi”. Her address has been shown as “Satta Hall, Unjha, Tehsil Unjha, District Mehsana”.
Thakar could not be reached for comment.