CBI invokes exemption when asked on expenses incurred to bring back to fugitive businessmen Vijay Mallya
Amid spotlight on the Nirav Modi and how the investigative agencies would bring him back to face the law, another interesting piece of information has emerged that the CBI has refused to share details of expenses incurred to bring back to fugitive businessmen Lalit Modi and Vijay Mallya back to India.
Though an RTI application had been filed in this regard, it emerged that the central probe agency had pleaded immunity from disclosures under the RTI Act.
It was the application of Pune-based activist Vihar Dhurve, who had approached the agency seeking details of expenses incurred by the government to bring back Mallya.
Mallya, it need be mentioned is wanted in India in connection with the around Rs 9000 crores fraud.
Even Lalit Modi, now absconding, is facing a money laundering probe.
It need be mentioned though that both Lalit Modi and Vijay Mallya have denied allegations of wrongdoings.
The agency had sent its team multiple times to London to pursue an extradition case against the embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya.
In its response to the RTI plea, the CBI said it is exempt from making any disclosures under the RTI Act through a government notification of 2011.
However, the Delhi High Court had earlier underlined that organisations listed under Section 24 cannot claim exemption from disclosure if the information pertains to “allegations of corruption and human rights violations”.>