Info on Priyanka land case not immune to RTI query

No one can claim VIP not covered under RTI: rules Himachal SIC

Shimla : Making strong observations, the Himachal Pradesh State Information Commission has said details about the land purchased by Priyanka Vadra here can be made public by authorities, noting that no one can claim that a VIP is “not covered” under the RTI act.

The SIC said this in a detailed order made available on Friday on its direction to authorities here to provide information on the land purchase sought by an RTI activist after he was denied this. It made the observations on the order passed by First Appellate Authority (Deputy Commissioner) withholding information about the land purchased by Priyanki at Chharabra, 13 km from here, relying solely on the opinion of Special Protection Group (SPG) which had strongly objected to the disclosure of the information to the RTI activist Dev Ashish Bhattacharya. the division bench of the commission comprising chairman Bhim Sen and member Kali Das Batish in its detailed order passed on June 29 said, “Under the Election Law also, all candidates, including the SPG protectees are required to declare their movable and immovable assets alongwith details of the property and no SPG protectee, including the Prime minister, has ever taken this plea before the Election Commission that his life would be endangered by disclosure of details of his immovable property.”

“The FAA has given undue weightage to an unverified letter allegedly written by the SPG director and the logic advanced by FAA is totally irrational,” the order said.

It further said, “It is important to note that SPG provides protection to the person and not his properties and the said letter written by SPG director to Priyanka Vadra is unauthorised and irrelevant, even if it is true, as he has no authority to issue such letter to private persons.”

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