“Mere mention of corruption would not amount to a full-fledged allegation, unless there was re-reinforcing evidence. An allegation of corruption cannot be lightly made,” Information Commissioner A N Tiwari said in a recent order.
The order came in respect of an application of Ludhiana resident S P Goyal, who had sought from the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) examination of documents pertaining to its investigation of
financial fraud against his company.
While DRI, an economic intelligence organ under the Finance Ministry, is exempted from disclosure of information, Goyal cast doubts on DRI’s probe against his company since 1990, while seeking that the information be granted to him for reasons of a pervasive corruption in the conduct of the investigating officers.