- Centre gives reply to Central Information Commission after RTI query
- Home, Defence Ministries say the words 'shaheed' or 'martyr' not used
- Instead "battle casualty" or "operations casualty" is used, they say
The issue surfaced after an RTI applicant approached the Union home ministry seeking to know the meaning and detailed definition of word "shaheed" (martyr) according to the law and the Constitution.
He also asked about the legal provisions to ensure restriction on its misuse and punishment for violation.
The application was transferred to different officials of the home and defence ministries but when the applicant could not get a satisfactory response, he approached the CIC, the highest appellate body in matters relating to the Right to Information Act.
The respondents from the ministries of defence and the home affairs were present and heard, Information Commissioner Yashovardhan Azad said.
Quoting the submissions, he noted that the decision to declare cases of 'battle casualty' and 'ops' were taken after a report of a court of inquiry in both the matters.
"After hearing the respondents and the perusal of the record, the commission finds that the averments made by both the respondents have duly explained the correct usage of the terms and directs the respondents to send a revised reply to the appellant accordingly," he said.