New Delhi: Although the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has managed to convince the Centre for its exemption from the purview of Right to Information (RTI) Act, it is facing problems in defending its stand in front of the Delhi High Court on the same.

During the hearing of a PIL filed in the Delhi High Court challenging the government’s decision to keep the CBI out of the RTI ambit, the investigating body tried to justify its exemption from the ambit of RTI Act stating three reasons.

Firstly, the CBI said the disclosure of information in cases of high profile offenders under RTI may lead to targeting of its officers handling the case. Secondly, this will also affect the investigation process thus ultimately affecting the credibility of the CBI.Thirdly, divulging information can also prove to be a threat to the country's internal security as cases handled by the CBI are very sensitive where inputs are based on collected intelligence.

On this, the High Court asked the CBI to submit evidences proving the damage caused to any of its official in the last seven years while furnishing information under the RTI Act.

The court has asked for detailed information about the cases, wherein after releasing information under RTI Act the officers had to face danger and the investigations would also be affected.

The court’s query caught the CBI on the wrong foot and a senior official accepted that the agency has not faced any such grave situation till date on releasing information provided under RTI.

As such the CBI officials fear that the absence of concrete evidences can bring them under the RTI ambit.

JPN/Bureau