JNU cites RTI clauses, refuses to make inquiry report public
Jawaharlal Nehru University cited exemption clauses of the RTI Act, which deal with non-disclosure under certain circumstances
New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University has refused to make public the report of the preliminary inquiry conducted by three professors in the controversial events of February 9, which lead to the arrest of JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar and two other students.
The University cited exemption clauses of Section 8(1)(g) and 8(1)(h) of the RTI Act saying that “the matter of incidents that took place on February 9, 2016 and subsequent developments relating thereto are under investigation at the University level.”
While section 8(1)(h) exempts information disclosure which can impede an ongoing inquiry, 8(1)(g) is against disclosure which could endanger the life or physical safety of any person or identify the source of information or assistance given in confidence for law enforcement or security purposes.
he University while refusing the information to activist Paras Nath Singh did not give reasons as to how disclosure would impede the investigation, which is mandatory after an order of the Delhi High Court by Justice Ravindra Bhat.
Arun Jaitley yesterday said incidents like JNU were not the kind of issues that would dent India's image. "India is a liberal society ...but even under our constitutional order, sovereignty of India is an exception to the principle of free speech"