AHMEDABAD: If additional Director General of Police O P Mathur is to be believed, CID is now 'Criminal Intelligence Department'. In a last ditch attempt to escape accountability under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, Mathur has submitted before the Gujarat Information Commission (GIC) that “CID stands for criminal intelligence department and therefore, falls under the category of security agency.”

TOI had filed an RTI application on the Sohrabuddin encounter case, on which, the CID had denied information, stating a state government notification exempting it from RTI. This exemption has been challenged and is being heard at GIC.

The RTI Act allows state governments to exempt 'intelligence and security organisations' established by them. Information in respect of allegations of corruption and human rights violations shall be excluded. It was argued earlier before the GIC that CID is an investigative agency and not an 'intelligence and security organisation' as exempted under the RTI. It was also argued that if CBI is not in the Central government's list of exempted organisations, how can CID be exempted here.

Mathur, in his written submissions has again denied access to information, arguing disclosure would impede the process of investigation, in this case - the Sohrabuddin encounter. He also has quoted an apex court decision, which criticises 'trial by media'.

On why CID should not be put under the RTI ambit, Mathur has submitted that it is not, only an investigative agency, it collects intelligence pertaining to crime and criminals, keeps a watch over narco-terrorism, influx of counterfeit notes, organised crime, and looks into the country's internal security.

According to Police Bhavan sources, Mathur was so jittery about the hearing at GIC on Wednesday, that he despatched an inspector general rank officer to observe and report to him on the proceedings.

'I' in CID stands for 'intelligence'-Ahmedabad-Cities-The Times of India

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