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CIC to CBI: make public its investigation report on RAW

New Delhi: Maj. Gen. (Retd) Vinay Kumar Singh, a former officer of RAW has written a book India’s External Intelligence: Secrets of Research & Analysis Wing-RAW in which he has mentioned the goings-on in this office. In a complaint lodged with CBI he has stated that there are too many irregularities and corruption in the workings of this secret agency. For writing this book he has been accused of violating Official Secrets Act. When he found that no action has been taken on his complaints as detailed in his book, he sent a letter to CBI under Right to Information Act asking for a copy of FIR, complete account of action taken, file notings, meetings, copies of relevant correspondence and information on action taken by the concerned officers. CBI while rejecting his demand said that investigations are still going on over his complaint and moreover, RAW is exempted from the RTI Act. Hence the informations asked for cannot be furnished. After CBI’s refusal he approached CIC (Chief Information Commissioner)’s office which directed CBI to make public and furnish all sets of information to the applicant including the investigation report on corruption charges and names of officers involved in it.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 18

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