CIC says SIT on blackmoney under RTI Act
NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission has said that the Supreme Court-appointed SIT on black money is a public authority, thus bringing it under the ambit of the RTI Act.
In an order, information commissioner Bimal Julka, citing several previous orders of the Supreme Court, said every action of the government must be seen in the context of public interest and for larger public good. While giving his order, Julka also cited the recent decision of the Supreme Court to upload the Collegium’s resolutions on the SC website for public scrutiny.
The SIT was set up on the orders of the Supreme Court in 2014 through a government notification to suggest methods to curb black money in the economy. Headed by former Supreme Court judge MB Shah, the SIT is responsible for investigating cases of black money stashed abroad through coordination of various agencies like the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Enforcement Directorate (ED), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Financial Intelligence Unit, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).
As carried in TOI