Thiruvananthapuram

Guidelines for issue of FIR copy on RTI inquiry

The State Police Chief has issued directives for providing copies of First Information Report (FIR) and general diary record in RTI inquiries.

A circular issued on Tuesday said copies of FIR could be provided if they did not come under the legal definition of secret document.

It said Public Information Officers could exercise their discretion in parting with information in response to RTI inquiries.

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Citing a Delhi High Court ruling, the circular said six types of FIRs, classified as of secret nature, need not be provided to the applicants.

Besides, First Information Reports relating to seven types of crimes (IPC 376, 376A, 376B, 376C, 376D, 376E and 377) which required the names of the victims to be kept secret should also not be provided, along with those pertaining to cases coming under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and Official Secrets Act.

The circular also directed Public Information Officers not to provide copies of First Information Reports relating to cases involving communal disturbances, terrorist activities, those impacting on national security and juvenile justice cases involving children.

It said the officers could take a decision based on a case by case assessment.



Public Information Officers should exercise their discretion in parting with information




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