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Disclosing identity of UPSC interviewers may be harmful: HC

New Delhi: The possibility of a failed candidate attempting to take revenge on the selection commission members of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) cannot be ruled out, said Delhi High Court as it agreed

IANS [ Updated: April 27, 2014 16:03 IST ]
disclosing identity of upsc interviewers may be harmful hc
disclosing identity of upsc interviewers may be harmful hc

New Delhi: The possibility of a failed candidate attempting to take revenge on the selection commission members of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) cannot be ruled out, said Delhi High Court as it agreed that disclosing their names will "expose them to danger".

This was decided by Justice Manmohan while setting aside a Central Information Commission (CIC) order to disclose name of the interviewers along with their designation under the RTI Act. The court said that disclosure of names, addresses and qualification of the selection commission members would "endanger the life and physical safety" of those experts and it is, consequently, exempt under Section 8(1) (g) of the RTI Act.

"The disclosure of names and addresses of the members of the interview board would ex facie endanger their lives or physical safety," the court said, keeping secret the identity of interviewers who were part of the committee to select candidates for the post of Drug Controller of India.

The court said that in the event of such information being made known, a "disgruntled examinee" who is not satisfied with the evaluation of the answer books, may act to the prejudice of the examiner by attempting to endanger his physical safety.

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