This Article is From Apr 30, 2009

Reveal names of CIA moles of 1971 war: CIC

Reveal names of CIA moles of 1971 war: CIC
New Delhi:

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked the Ministry of External Affairs to reveal the names of alleged moles in Indira Gandhi's cabinet during the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

The ruling came on an RTI application filed by a freelance journalist Anuj Dhar who wanted details regarding the "leak" of information relating to national security by alleged CIA agents during the war.

Dhar, the author of the book, CIA's Eye on South Asia, which carries details of the case, sought the "names and other details about the people who were in touch with the CIA and leaked details of the proceedings of the Congress Working Committee."

The Ministry had earlier refused to disclose any material saying, "The request for information or documents is based on reports of foreign governments, newspapers and books which the government of India does not take cognizance as those are unsubstantiated reports.

"Authorities are under obligation to divulge records or information of only those events which have happened within 20 years of the request being made," it further said.

In her order, Information Commissioner Annapurna Dixit said, "The Commission directs the CPIO to provide point-wise information...clearly stating whether the information is available with the Ministry of External Affairs against each point and if available, providing the same to the appellant."