JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Chief Information Commission on Monday directed the State Government to disclose the reasons for putting the tenure of the previous Vasundhara Raje regime, charged with corruption, nepotism and misuse of power, under the scanner of the now defunct Justice N. N. Mathur Commission.
Passing the final order under a directive of the Rajasthan High Court, CIC M. D. Korani asked the State Government's Personnel Department to get information from the Chief Minister's Office on all complaints received from “common people” on the basis of which the Mathur Commission was appointed and convey it to the applicant.
The CIC also ordered disclosure of all official notings and decisions including the Governor's approval for appointment of the Mathur Commission, which was looking into the charge of corruption in the period from 2004 to 2008 before it was abolished by a Division Bench of the High Court in a public interest litigation.
Applicant K. M. L. Asthana, who was also one of the petitioners in the High Court, had sought information under the RTI Act from the Personnel Department in July last year about the decision to appoint the Mathur panel, but was never supplied with the information.
He approached the High Court and obtained orders on April 6 directing the CIC to dispose of his appeal within a month.
“Descriptive and vague”
The Principal Personnel Secretary, in his order as the first appellate authority, had described the information sought as “descriptive and vague” while denying disclosure.
Mr. Korani observed in his order that the State Government was bound to provide reasons for choosing the period between 2004 and 2008 for investigation by the Mathur Commission as well as the complaints received from common people about the alleged corruption.
“In case the State Government has no reasons to disclose, it will have to say so in writing, but any evasive reply will be illegal,” stated the CIC order.