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Delhi HC Stays CIC Order Directing IAF to Give Info on PM Modi's Foreign Visits; Notice Sent to RTI Applicant

Prime Minister Narendra Modi emplanes for Delhi after participating in G7 Summit, in Biarritz, France on August 26, 2019. (PIB/PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi emplanes for Delhi after participating in G7 Summit, in Biarritz, France on August 26, 2019. (PIB/PTI Photo)

Justice Navin Chawla said the information sought by the RTI applicant with regard to details of ministry or department officials who accompanied the PM on a trip cannot be disclosed, but there was no harm in providing details of the number of passengers on flights.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday stayed the operation of a Central Information Commission (CIC) order directing the Indian Air Force to provide information regarding Special Flight Returns (SRF)-II, which contains details of the prime minister's entourage on his foreign trips. Justice Navin Chawla said the information sought by the RTI applicant with regard to details of ministry or department officials who accompanied the PM on a trip cannot be disclosed, but there was no harm in providing details of the number of passengers on flights.

The court also issued a notice to the RTI applicant Commodore (retd) Lokesh K Batra and sought his stand on the IAF's appeal against the CIC's July 8 direction. The court listed the matter for further hearing on April 12, 2021, and stayed the operation of the CIC direction till then.

It observed that the CIC ought to have been more clear as to what information can be provided and what is exempted under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

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first published:December 11, 2020, 12:42 IST