Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Nobody knows who ordered Operation Bluestar

Economic Times: New Delhi: Wednesday, June 07, 2017.
No records
Despite routine demand over the years to make documents related to Operation Bluestar public, the Union cabinet secretariat, home ministry and defence ministry maintained they had no record on whether the military action was decided orally or by a written word.
Such a mystery
Moreover, they had no record to show who gave the orders - then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the Union cabinet, Amritsar deputy commissioner or the President.
In response to an application filed under the RTI Act with the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) by a Kapurthala resident and former bank officer-turned-author Baldev Singh, the cabinet secretariat, MHA and MoD in November 2013, said they had no record on this.
PMO transferred application
Baldev had sent an application under RTI Act to PMO on October 17, 2013, asking whether the decision to order Operation Bluestar in June 1984 was oral or written; was it a decision made by the Union cabinet, PM Indira Gandhi, or President Giani Zail Singh. He also sought a copy of any such written order.
The PMO transferred the application to MoD, cabinet secretariat and MHA to which all three replied in November 2013. In their responses, the central public information officers (CPIOs) said the application was transferred to them by the PMO.