New Delhi: In a strange argument, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's office has refused to disclose information on compensation given to six commandos of Special Task Force, who were killed in an encounter with dacoits, since it was sought by an "advocate".

The case relates to an RTI application filed by Surmit Kumar Gupta, an advocate in JP Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, who had sought to know from the Chief Minister's office the details of compensation awarded to six STF commandos who were killed during an encounter with Thokia gang in Banda on July 22, 2007.

The Chief Minister had announced compensation of Rs five lakh each to the families of commandos which was in addition to Rs 10 lakh they are eligible for, having laid had down their lives in the service of nation.

Gupta had sought to know from the Chief Minister's office whether such an announcement was made and if compensation has been given after four years of encounter.

The Chief Minister's office said since the information is sought by the applicant as an "advocate", the questions do not come under the Right to Information Act and hence the information about the same cannot be furnished.

When contacted, Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra said such a rejection was wrong and any RTI application cannot be rejected merely on the basis that the person has added "advocate" after his name.

"Not at all, after all advocate is also an Indian citizen," he said when asked whether RTI application can be rejected if a person has added "advocate" after his name.

(Agencies)