Prove we are ‘Indian’: MHA to RTI seeking sum of Ishrat Jahan’s examine panel

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New Delhi: In a singular instance, a Home Ministry has asked an RTI applicant to infer he is an Indian before disclosing sum about a one-member row looking into a blank files associated to a purported feign confront box of Ishrat Jahan.

Senior IAS officer BK Prasad, Additional Secretary in a Home Ministry, heads a exploration panel. The RTI focus was filed with a Ministry seeking copies of reports submitted by a row besides record notings associated to a prolongation in use given to Prasad.

File picture of Ishrat Jahan. IBNFile picture of Ishrat Jahan. IBN

File picture of Ishrat Jahan. IBN

“In this connection, it is requested that a explanation of your Indian citizenship might greatfully be provided,” a Home Ministry pronounced in a reply.

As per Right to Information Act, 2005, usually Indian adults can find information. Usually, a explanation of citizenship is not compulsory to record an focus underneath a clarity law. In singular cases, a open information officer can find explanation of nationality in box he has doubt over citizenship of an applicant.

“It is a approach to retard giveaway upsurge of information and clarity by a government. Seeking explanation of Indian citizenship contingency be discouraged. The Home Ministry appears to check a information sought from it,” pronounced RTI romantic Ajay Dubey.

Prasad, who heads a examine panel, is a 1983 collection IAS officer of Tamil Nadu cadre and was due to retire on 31 May. He has been given dual months prolongation in use compartment 31 July.

Following an conflict in Parliament in Mar this year, a Home Ministry had asked Prasad to scrutinise into a whole matter of blank papers. The row is nonetheless to contention a report.

19-year-old Ishrat Jahan and 3 others were killed in an purported feign confront in Gujarat in 2004. The Gujarat Police had afterwards pronounced those killed were LeT terrorists and had come to Gujarat to murder a afterwards Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

The examine row has recently found a duplicate of a minute created by a afterwards Home Secretary GK Pillai to a afterwards Attorney General late GE Vahanvati from a tough hoop of a mechanism of a Home Ministry, central sources said.

The papers, that left from a Home Ministry, embody a duplicate of an confirmation vetted by a afterwards Attorney General and submitted in a Gujarat High Court in 2009 and a breeze of a second confirmation vetted by a AG on that changes were made.

Two letters created by Pillai to Vahanvati and a duplicate of a breeze confirmation have also so distant remained untraceable.