RTI activist claims Gujarat's home department refuses to provide information about the remission panel.

An RTI activist from the citys Jivraj Park neighborhood, Pankti Jog, pleaded RTI charges before the state government . The state home department refused to disclose the details of the request .

AHMEDABAD: Following the remission of the sentences of 11 convicts in the Bilkis Bano gang rape case during the 2002 riots, a city-based RTI researcher asked the state home department for details on the remission committee's meetings in the last five years.The state home department refused to disclose the details of the request, claiming that the information sought by the applicant was not within the scope of the RTI Act.On August 20, Pankti Jog, an RTI activist from the city's Jivraj Park neighborhood, pleaded RTI charges before the state government, seeking information on the remission committee.The plaintiff required certified copies of the terms of reference for the Gujarat government's remission commission, which is responsible for reviewing the names of guilty individuals who have been sentenced to five years in prison.

The RTI plea is described in a photograph.Please provide certified copies of the file's noting and the selection criteria for members of the remission committee for the release of the prison inmates on the 75th anniversary of independence.According to the home department, the information sought via the RTI inquiry does not fall under the RTI Act 2005 section 2(f).According to a memorandum from the department of employment and training dated June 1, 2009, the details cannot be disclosed without permission.

According to Jog, the department's refusal is completely unlawful, and it is a violation of the RTI Act.This is a common case of a retrial tactic so that they can avoid submitting the RTI response.The information was sought after the state government released 11 suspects of gang rape and murder of Bilkis Bano family during the 2002 Gujarat riots on August 15.