Oherald: Goa: Tuesday, February 14, 2017.
The High Court of Bombay at Goa has set aside an order of the Goa State Information Commission (GSIC) that had turned down a plea seeking details of Goa police officers’ annual property returns. In 2009, the GSIC had dismissed an appeal filed by RTI activist Kashinath Shetye that sought information about the annual property returns filed by police officers.
Shetye, in 2008 had sought information from the public information officer at the police headquarters about the annual property returns filed by the deputy superintendents and other superior officers (in traffic matters) from the year 1998. This information was denied under Section 8(1) (j) of the RTI Act by the PIO and the first appellate authority.
Subsequently, Shetye approached GSIC that dismissed his appeal. “The manner in which the information was sought and since there is no nexus of the information required of the annual returns of all deputy superintendents of police and of the officers above them, with the rest of information which refers only to traffic matters, the appellant is not entitled for the information sought,” the order, dated April 28, 2009, had stated.
Shetye then moved the high court challenging the order. The bench has now asked the Inspector General of Police to hear the plea.