The Central Information Commission (CIC) has sent a notice of justification to RBI Governor Urjit Patel for "disgracing" a Supreme Court ruling on the disclosure of the list of willful defaulters.
CIC also asked the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Finance and the Reserve Bank of India to release the letter from former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan on bad debts.
Irritated by the refusal of information on the disclosure of the names of the voluntary defaulters who took out bank loans of an amount equal to or greater than 50 crore by the RBI despite an order of the Supreme Court, the CIC asked Patel to explain why a maximum sentence was imposed on him for "disgracing" the verdict that had confirmed a decision made by Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi, calling for the disclosure of the names of those who have failed in their obligations.
Patel, speaking on 20 September to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), said that the Vigilance Guidelines, published by the CVC, were intended to increase transparency, promote a culture of honesty and probity in public life and to improve the administration of general vigilance. CIC pointed out that in the organizations under its jurisdiction.
"The Commission considers that there is no correspondence between what the Governor and Governor of the RBI say and their website regarding the RTI policy, and a great secret of the reports of vigilance and inspection reports is maintained with impunity despite the fact that the Supreme Court upheld the ICC's orders in the Jayantilal case, "said Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu.
He concluded that there was no point in punishing the CPIO for this challenge because it had acted in accordance with the instructions of the highest authorities.
"The Commission considers the Governor to be responsible for the non-disclosure and non-compliance with the orders of HC and CIC and directs him to indicate the reasons why the maximum sentence should not be imposed on him for these reasons, before November 16, 2018, "said Acharyulu.