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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Disclose documents of Batla House encounter: CIC

NEW DELHI: In a set back to Delhi Police, the CIC today directed them to provide documents pertaining to the Batla House encounter to a RTI applicant but asked them not to reveal names and details of those involved in the probe.

The applicant, a lawyer representing an accused in Delhi serial blasts, filed the RTI seeking the FIR and post-mortem reports of those killed during the incident.

The Central Information Commission allowed police to expunge person's name who filed the FIR, details of police officials involved in the encounter and subsequent probe and doctors, who conducted the post-mortem of the persons killed during the incident as it could impede the investigations.

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, representing an accused in Delhi serial blasts, had demanded copies of FIR and post-mortem reports of Inspector M C Sharma and suspected terrorists Mohammad Atif Amin and Sajid, killed during the encounter which took place in south Delhi on September 19.

Delhi Police had rejected the RTI application claiming that matter was under investigation and revelation of these crucial documents would impede the probe.

"...Delhi Police will provide copies of the documents sought by appellant...after applying severability clause described above to that portion held as exempt, within 10 working days," two member bench comprising Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah and Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi held.

Times of India: 9 Mar 2009, 1922 hrs IST, PTI,prtpage-1.cms

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