Despite CIC's orders, CPM refuses information on black money

Prime Minister's Cabinet refuses to disclose the amount of black money reported from abroad, citing a provision of the Right to Information Act prohibiting disclosure of information that could impede the investigation and prosecution authors.

His response was made on Oct. 16 by an order from the Central Commission of Information (CIC), asking the Prime Minister's Office to provide details within 15 days.

The PMO stated that a special investigation team had already been formed and that the investigation was ongoing. As such, the disclosure of all government actions at this stage could impede the investigation, arrest or prosecution of offenders and would therefore result in the exemption under section 8 (1) (h). of the RTI Act, he said in response to the request made by the whistleblower official, Sanjiv Chaturvedi.

These investigations were conducted by various government intelligence and security organizations outside the scope of the law on access to information, the PMO said.

Mr. Chaturvedi, an Indian Forestry Service officer, asked for information on the amount of black money imported from abroad since June 1, 2014. In his initial response, the Prime Minister's Office had indicated in last October that the issue was not dealt with in section 2 (f). ) of the law that defines the information. Mr. Chaturvedi then moved the CIC.

There is no official assessment of the amount of black money in India and abroad. According to a study by US think tank Global Financial Integrity (GFI), about 770 billion US dollars of black money entered India between 2005 and 2014. Nearly $ 165 billion of illicit money came out of the country during the same period, says the report of the world financial policeman.

In response to another question mentioned in the Chaturvedi application, the PMO refused to provide detailed information on the complaints of corruption lodged against Union ministers, stating that the provision of such information "could be both subjective and tedious ".