SC Notice to PMO over plea seeking details of Corruption complaints against Ministers

NEW DELHI, Feb 1 (Agencies): The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a plea by whistle-blower bureaucrat Sanjiv Chaturvedi seeking disclosure, under the RTI Act, about corruption complaints received and action taken by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) against Union ministers between 2014-17.
A bench comprising justices L Nageswara Rao and Hemant Gupta issued a notice to the central public information officer (CPIO) of the PMO and sought a response. Chaturvedi, a Magsaysay award winner, approached the apex court after his plea for disclosure of the information was rejected by the Delhi high court on September 6.
Chaturvedi, in his RTI application filed with the PMO in 2017, had sought details of corruption complaints against Union ministers, inquiries conducted into complaints and action taken against them. He had also sought information on the amount of black money brought from abroad which were illegally parked there by the influential and rich people of the country.
He said the high court order strikes at the very root of democratic rights of a citizen to know about transactions/ businesses being carried out in the government, and more specifically in this case about status of action taken on corruption complaints of its own elected representatives, and promises made during elections regarding black money.

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