Saturday, April 22, 2017

Telangana refuses info to RTI activist on Mecca Masjid blasts case

Times of India‎‎‎‎‎: Charminar: Saturday, April 22, 2017.
The Telangana government has refused to give a copy of the Bhaskara Rao Commission inquiry report to a right to information activist, citing a section of the RTI Act which exempts disclosure of certain information. The Bhaskara Rao Commission was constituted to probe the incident of police firing in the aftermath of the Mecca Masjid bombing of 2007 in which several people were killed. More than 10 years after its formation, the inquiry report is yet to be made public.
Activist S Q Masood, who had sought a copy of the report for academic purposes, said that the AP Information Commission had ordered the government to come clean with a response. "It was on January 20 that chief information commissioner M Ratan had ordered the General Administration (Law and Order) Department to reply to the query within a span of 30 days. I had requested that I be allowed to view the contents of the file, in case a copy cannot be given," he said. Quoting section 8 (1) (c) (information, the disclosure of which would cause a breach of privilege of Parliament or the state legislature), the department refused access.
The department also said that the report will first have to be tabled in the Telangana state legislative assembly before it can be released.