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  1. Delhi: CIC wants Godse's statement in Gandhi assassination trial to be made public

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  2. Re: Delhi: CIC wants Godse's statement in Gandhi assassination trial to be made public

    At last Professor has pleased his bosses, may be for the first time (as known to me.)

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    Under which sub-section of Sec 4(1)(b) does he want the information to be suo-motu disclosed ?
    The order is totally silent on that.

    In any case, he cannot "prescribe" any particular information to be suo-motu disclosed if it already does not form of any subsection of Sec 4(1)(b). That can only be done by the "appropriate government".
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    Hon IC's decisions should go beyond limitations of RTI Act, and more on common sense points less on law. Law professor's decisions are not confined to Act alone. He is all powerful (omnipotent and omnipresent). Whether one likes it or not, he is having a brand and by reading any of his decisions, even without seeing the name of IC, any common man should identify the decision is from our LF. (ESSAY DECISIONS)

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    The order of IC SA, referred to in this thread is attached to this post.

    1. Another essay type order......just for seeking publicity.
    Total order is 33 pages.....the actual operating part is only 2.5 pages.

    The order also states that the IC visited the National Archives himself !

    2. The applicant asked for:

    The appellant filed RTI application seeking copy of FIR No 68/48 dated
    30.1.1948, copy of final charge sheet issued by the Delhi Police, and
    copy of order to execute the accused Mr. Nathuram Godse in case of
    assassination of Father of Nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.

    3. and IC SA has ordered the following:


    43. The CPIO stated that rules under Public Records Act, 1993 mandated
    them to collect Rs. 3/- per page for copying. The Commission directs the
    authority not to charge Rs. 3/- per page because the RTI Act overrides
    any such provision. The Commission directs respondent authority to
    provide copies of documents at Rs. 2/- per page. The Commission also
    directs the NAI to place the index of records available with them about
    assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on their official website along with the
    procedure to gain access and recommends development of an archive
    to include present digitized records and collect as many as possible from
    various sources to be part of their disclosures under Section 4(1)(b).
    This will effectively reduce the number of the RTI applications of Gandhi
    assassination related issues. The aim of Section 4 is to encourage
    voluntary disclosures which will not create any necessity for citizens to
    file an RTI application.

    44. The Commission directs the respondent authority to transfer
    the RTI to following public authorities:
    a) The PMO for their information and necessary action to formulate
    appropriate policy to build archives of records regarding Mahatma Gandhi
    Assassination, investigation, trial, punishment, official correspondence,
    and action taken on the recommendations of JL Kapur Commission;
    b) Ministry of Home Affairs, for records of investigation and prosecution
    of Mahatma Gandhi assassins (from Police), imprisonment and execution
    of accused (from Jail authorities) and any other record from Mumbai or
    Pune or any other place where the investigation resulted in arresting
    accused etc, correspondence with Government of Bombay/ Maharasthra;
    c) The Station House Officer, Tughlak Road Police Station for case diaries
    or any other record showing investigation etc, including efforts to trace
    three absconding accused (if any of accused were absconding) in Gandhi
    Murder case;
    d) The Registrar General of Supreme Court of India, for any judicial record
    on Gandhi Murder case from of any of courts; and
    e) The Secretary General of Parliament of India, for complete record of
    Justice J L Kapur Commission including the original report on conspiracy to
    assassinate Mahatma Gandhi.

    45. The CPIO of Ministry of Home Affairs, more particularly the Delhi Police,
    or Tughlak Road Police Station is directed provide original records of investigation
    of Mahatma Gandhi Murder Trial such as investigation reports, case diaries or
    any other communication or correspondence they have, final charge sheet, if any,
    or any record showing efforts to arrest the accused Mr. Gangadhar Dahawate,
    Mr. Surya Dev Sharma and Mr. Gangadhar Yadav to the NAI for preservation under
    Archives, inspection of which the NAI may offer to the appellant.

    46. The Commission directs the CPIO, office of Registrar General, Supreme
    Court to inform whether these records transferred to National Archives, or search
    and take necessary steps to provide certified copies of concerned documents to the
    appellant, within 30 days from the date of receipt of this order.

    47. Learned Commissioner Mr. Sharat Sabharwal in his order CIC/BS/A/2013/000081/SH
    dated 11.3.2013 has mentioned that there is a strong case for an organization
    such as the National Archives of India to convert the large number of records,
    that it holds, into microfilm or digitized form, accompanied by an elaborate index,
    so as to make it easier for researchers and scholars to look for the information that they need.

    48. The Commission agrees with the above recommendation and hopes that
    national Archives of India would get enough funds from Government of India to
    digitize and categories the records of Mahatma Gandhi and make them available
    in easy and accessible format on their official website to enable the people to
    read the entire documents about assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

    49. It is duty under section 4 of RTI Act, of Union of India and concerned authorities
    like the PMO, the Ministry of Culture, the National Archives of India, the Ministry
    of Home Affairs etc. to provide the authentic and comprehensive information in
    digitized form about assassination of Mahatma Gandhi including reasons for not
    apprehending the three accused and records to show that no accused was acquitted
    as doubted by the appellant.

    50. All this information should be placed in public domain to facilitate research
    or answer curiosity of the generations to come. The people of present and future
    ages should have liberty of thought based on entire factual information/documents
    on this national tragedy of assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, and enough freedom
    to formulate their own opinion on his life and achievement.


    Members can decide for themselves whether there is any relation to what the
    applicant asked for and the final directions.
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  7. Re: Assassination documents of Mahatma Gandhi

    This was already discussed by our Super Moderator /Architect Hon CJK and he has also expressed his opinion / comments on ESSAY Decision.


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