Election Commission denies to disclose Office of Profit opinion to RTI activist

Ranchi: After hearing in the Election Commission of India in the case of the mining lease of Chief Minister Hemant Soren the decision has been sent to the Governor of Jharkhand in a closed envelope about two months ago. However, no disclosure has been made from the Governor’s side regarding this matter. 

In front of the media, the Governor once talked about the envelope being very tightly sealed while for the second time he said that the Election Commission of India has been asked for a second opinion and that an atom bomb can explode at any time.

At the same time, an application has been made on behalf of JMM to the Raj Bhavan under the Right to Information, that the intention of the Election Commission should be shared. Like Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Hemant Kumar Mahto of Kasmar block, a resident of Bokaro district, had also sought information from the Election Commission of India under RTI in the mining lease case.

The answer to which has come to Hemant Kumar Mahto. It has been told in the reply that the information and documents sought are exempted from disclosure under Section 8(1)(e) and 8(1)(h) of the Right to Information Act 2005. If he is not satisfied with the reply provided, first appeal can be made within 30 days from the receipt of this letter. 

Apart from this, details of the appellate authority are given. It is clear from the reply of the Election Commission of India that the case of Hemant Soren’s mining lease has been kept out of the Right to Information.

Therefore, neither the Raj Bhavan nor the Election Commission of India is bound to provide the information sought in this matter. It is clear from the reply given by the Election Commission of India that even the Raj Bhavan will not provide any kind of information to JMM.

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