New Delhi: The Law Ministry has refused to make public recommendation given by its minister Veerappa Moily for a joint drafting commitee on Lokpal Bill, saying it was his personal view in the capacity “as a thinker of the political party”.
Responding to an RTI application, the ministry said the office of the minister has informed that Dr Veerappa Moily had written to the Prime Minister on the issue in “personal capacity as a thinker of the political party and not as Minister of Law and Justice.”
“Views formed by him to encourage dialogue including any suggestion to set up a Joint Drafting Committee to draft Lokpal Bill, are his personal views and attract provisions of section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, 2005,” the ministry said in the reply.
Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act exempts from disclosure the information which relates to personal information which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual.
“In view of this, it would not be possible to provide the copy of letter written by Dr Veerappa Moily to the Prime Minister for setting up Joint Drafting Committee to draft Lokpal Bill,” the reply to S C Agrawal said.
Government had formed a joint drafting committee on Lokpal Bill comprising five representatives of civil society and five union ministers on April 9 after a 98-hour long fast by activist Anna Hazare.