New Delhi: Taking cognizance of reports on destruction of files by officials, CIC today issued summons to Delhi Chief Secretary to present their inquiry report into the alleged incident before it and barred destruction of any record held by any GNCT department till further orders.
Information Commissioner M Sridhar Acharyulu also directed the Chief Secretary D M Spolia to initiate criminal action against officials, who were found to be involved in the destructions of records which are a “serious crime” under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code.
Next hearing has been slated by CIC on January 15, 2014.
In an out of turn hearing of the complaint filed by activists Maja Daruwala and Venkatesh Nayak, the transparency panel issued a stern warning to Chief Secretary to alert vigilance and other officers to take all preventive steps to protect the records from destruction.
“If respondent public authority comes to notice of any such destruction as apprehended, he may initiate necessary criminal action against concerned person as destruction of records might amount to serious crime by itself under Indian Penal Code or any other law,” Acharyulu directed the Chief Secretary.