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    Govt has to disclose info on corruption in even pvt firms


    RTI means Govt has to disclose info on corruption in even pvt firms: CIC
    As Reported by Ganesh Pandey in Indian Express
    New Delhi
    Posted online: Friday, January 11, 2008 at 0106 hrs

    The Central Information Commission (CIC) hasheld that the Government or a public authority, under the Right toInformation Act, has to provide information it has on any company, publicor private, despite the company’s refusal to part with such information.

    Information commissioner M M Ansari said that a public authority cannottake refuge to “third party exemption” under the RTI Act to denyinformation merely because the company concerned has not concurred withsuch disclosure.“A major concern of the RTI Act is to contain corruption. The disclosure ofinformation relating to corrupt practices of public/private companies is,therefore, largely in public interest” the CIC observed.

    The CIC’s order came on an appeal filed by Anil Kumar Sharma of Jabalpurwho sought certain information from Registrar of Companies (Ministry ofCompany Affairs) regarding a company of which he is a shareholder. In hisapplication, he alleged the company had been conducting its businessactivities in an “illegal manner” and has thus earned profit throughcorrupt practices.

    The requisite information was denied on the grounds thatthe company concerned did not permit the disclosure of information askedfor by the appellant and hence cannot be divulged without expressconcurrence of the company.Rejecting this argument, the CIC said that as the matter pertained toalleged corruption, disclosure of information was largely in the publicinterest and any exemption under Section 8(1)(d) of the Act — whichprotects from disclosure, information relating to commercial confidence,trade secrets or intellectual property, the disclosure of which would harmthe competitive position of a third party — is untenable.

    Directing the Registrar of Companies to acquire the information asked forand furnish it to the appellant within 15 days, the CIC said: “Theallegations made by the appellant about the illegal activities of theCompany in question should have been investigated by the competent body,mainly the Registrar of Companies.

    However since this was not done, the appellant is advised to approach the competent authority to investigate the allegations made by him so as to find the facts in the matter.



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    Here's the Link to above decision.

    Decision:

    5. A major concern of the RTI Act is to contain corruption. The disclosure of information relating to corrupt practices of public/private companies is, therefore, largely in public interest. The allegations made by the appellant about the illegal activities of the Company in question should have been investigated by the competent body, mainly the respondent. It does not seem to have been done.
    The appellant is, therefore, advised to approach the competent authority to investigate the allegations made by him so as to find the facts in the matter or to establish that allegations, as above, are motivated for promoting personal interest of the appellant.

    6. As the matter pertains to alleged corruption, disclosure of information is
    largely in public interest. Denial of information u/s 8(1)(d) of the Act, after having
    shown the entire records to the appellant is, therefore, untenable.

    7. The CPIO is, therefore, directed to acquire the information asked for u/s
    2(f) of the Act, and furnish to the appellant, within 15 working days from the date
    of issue of this decision.
    8. The appeal is accordingly disposed of.

    Sd/-
    (Prof. M.M. Ansari)
    Information Commissioner

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    In that case any Registrar of Co operative Societies of State Govt . should also furnish information related with the different Co operatve Societies under its control. If any body can provide specific direction/ decision of CIC in this respect , it will be very much helpful to us. The Registrar concerned is always avoiding any reply by saying that -- it is the matter of the concerned Co operative Society, the Registrar is nothing to comment and thus helping all the corrupt practice of different Co operative Societies.

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    Re: Govt has to disclose info on corruption in even pvt firms



    Quote Originally Posted by abhijeet View Post
    In that case any Registrar of Co operative Societies of State Govt . should also furnish information related with the different Co operatve Societies under its control. If any body can provide specific direction/ decision of CIC in this respect , it will be very much helpful to us. The Registrar concerned is always avoiding any reply by saying that -- it is the matter of the concerned Co operative Society, the Registrar is nothing to comment and thus helping all the corrupt practice of different Co operative Societies.
    Here are some CIC decisions of relevance to you:

    https://cic.gov.in/CIC-Orders/Decision_11092007_16.pdf
    https://cic.gov.in/CIC-Orders/Decision_19092007_25.pdf
    https://cic.gov.in/CIC-Orders/Decision_19092007_28.pdf
    https://www.cic.gov.in/CIC-Orders/Dec...20072006_1.pdf
    https://cic.gov.in/CIC-Orders/Decision_13062007_32.pdf

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    I am really grateful on receiving your valuable suggestions as and when asked for. You had mentioned regarding filing contempt petition for violation of court's direction. But as the violation occurred long back, we were told that it is time-barred. After RTI activities only development is that the PA had admitted the fact that it did not carry out court's verdict. One case is pending for adjudication , we should utilize the 'information' received. But normally the corrupt persons are very much powerful, and as such we could not arrange for a single hearing for the last 3 years. So the situation is not favourable , it seems . I would explain it more in a subsequent pm. Thank you for youe keen interest and fruitful suggestios .



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