The Central Information Commission (CIC) has issued a show-cause notice to RBI Governor Urjit Patel for “dishonour” to Supreme Court judgment on disclosing of the wilful bank defaulters’ name.
The CIC has also asked the Prime Minister’s Office, the Finance Ministry and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to make public the letter of previous RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan on wilful defaulters.
Irked over the denial of information on divulgence of names of wilful defaulters who have taken bank credits of Rs 50 crore or more by the RBI in spite a Supreme Court order, the CIC has asked Patel to clarify why a maximum penalty should not be imposed on him for disrespecting the Apex court order, which had upheld a decision taken by then CIC chief Shailesh Gandhi, calling for revelation of names of wilful defaulters.
Patel, speaking at the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) on September 20, had said the guidelines on vigilance, issued by the CVC, were gone for accomplishing more prominent transparency, promoting a culture of honesty and probity in public life and enhancing the overall vigilance administration in the organisation under its purview, the CIC pointed out.
“The commission feels that there is no match between what RBI governor and its deputy governor says and their website regards to their RTI policy, and a great secrecy on vigilance reports and inspection reports is being maintained with impunity, in spite of the Supreme Court confirming the order of the CIC in the Jayantilal case,” Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said.
He presumed that it would not fill any need to rebuff the CPIO for this defiance, since he acted under the guidelines of the best experts.
“The commission considers the representative as the esteemed PIO in charge of non-revelation and rebellion of Supreme Court requests and CIC arranges and guides him to indicate cause why a maximum punishment should not be forced on him for these reasons, before November 16,” Acharyulu said