CIC admonishes the MHA and seeks confirmation on affidavit of destruction of surveillance data

IFF had filed six RTI applications with the Ministry of Home Affairs (‘MHA’) seeking data on the e-surveillance authorised by the government. The information was initially denied by the MHA on grounds of national security, but when the matter was sent back for re-examination by the Central Information Commission (‘CIC’), the MHA claimed that it could not provide the information because it simply did not have it. We challenged this again before the CIC and the matter was heard on January 13, 2022. The CIC has “admonished” the CPIO for changing its stance and sought confirmation on non-availability of data on e-surveillance on affidavit

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