New Delhi, Jan 07 (Agencies): The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Home Ministry to disclose whether it had sought a report from Intelligence Bureau (IB) on the controversial art work of painter MF Hussain and the final decision taken by the Ministry over the intelligence reports.

Considering that reports from the intelligence agencies are exempted from disclosure under the Right to Information Act (RTI), Information Commissioner Sushma Singh has asked the Ministry to at least inform whether it sought any report from it.

Home Ministry officials agreed before the Commission that IB was roped in the matter but did not specify in what manner. They told the Commission that they would check the records and tell to RTI applicant S C Agrawal through a formal reply only.

The case relates to RTI application filed by Agrawal, who had sought to know from the Home Ministry a number of questions regarding the role of IB, reports, recommendations and other related issues regarding the controversial paintings of Hussain.

The Ministry rejected the application saying disclosure of information would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State, relation with Foreign State or lead to incitement of an offence.