CIC allows Centre to withhold list of documents, precious material seized during Operation Blue Star- The New Indian Express

CIC permits Centre to withhold record of paperwork, valuable materials seized throughout Operation Blue Star- The New Indian Specific

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NEW DELHI: The Central Data Fee (CIC) has allowed the Centre to withhold record of paperwork and valuable materials seized by a central company in the course of the 1984 operation on the Golden Temple in Punjab through which 576 individuals, together with Military personnel, have been killed.

An RTI applicant, Gurvinder Singh Chadha, had demanded from the Union Residence Ministry record of all the fabric seized in the course of the operation and its current standing in addition to all information associated to the operation and record of all of the individuals who died in the course of the operation carried out by the Military to flush out militants holed up contained in the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

With out giving the record and the precise particulars of the seized materials, the ministry had stated in its RTI response to Chadha that “about 4000 paperwork/books/information and gold /gold ornaments, silver/silver ornaments, valuable stones forex, cash and so forth. have been recovered by a central company in the course of the Operation Blue Star. The articles and paperwork have been handed over both to SGPC or to the Authorities of Punjab.”

“As per information accessible with this workplace, 493 terrorists/civilians and 83 Military officers have been killed in Golden Temple space in June, 1984,” the house ministry additional stated.

Dissatisfied with the denial of particular details about the seized materials, Chadha filed first attraction inside the ministry earlier than a senior official who upheld the denial of data invoking Part eight 1(a) of the RTI Act.

The Part permits the federal government to withhold data, disclosure of which might prejudicially have an effect on the sovereignty and integrity of India, the safety, strategic, scientific or financial pursuits of the State, relation with overseas State or result in incitement of an offence.

In the course of the second attraction earlier than the Central Data Fee, highest adjudication physique in RTI issues, Chadha acknowledged {that a} passable response was not but offered on factors associated to information of Operation Blue Star and an inventory of fabric seized throughout it.

The ministry stated a degree clever response was offered to Chadha however the particulars sought pertained to confidential data, the disclosure of which may prejudicially have an effect on the protection and safety of the nation.

Agreeing with the house ministry’s view, Data Commissioner Y Ok Sinha held Chadha has sought “imprecise, ambiguous and generic data” which can’t be disclosed when it comes to the provisions of the RTI Act, 2005.

“Therefore, no additional intervention of the Fee is warranted within the matter,” Sinha stated.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) has been demanding the return of the artefacts, allegedly taken away by the Military throughout Operation Blue Star in 1984.

Final yr in June, SGPC chief secretary Roop Singh had stated the holy scriptures, artefacts and historic books, which have been a part of the Sikh Reference Library, have been taken away by the Military in the course of the operation.

When requested {that a} part of media had reported that the Centre had returned the artefacts to the SGPC, Singh had claimed that just a few copies of historic books have been returned.

He had stated nonetheless a big amount of fabric and handwritten copies of the Guru Granth Sahib have been with the Centre.

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