PM should take a call on Shastri files: CIC

The classified papers on the death of the country’s second Prime Minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri, should be placed before the Prime Minister and the Home Minister to consider their declassification, the Central Information Commission has said. In his order on Monday, Central Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu ruled on a Right to Information request asking for details regarding the cremation and post mortem of the former PM’s body. The order asked the Cabinet Secretariat to make public a set of 11 pages on Shastri’s death (with just one sensitive sentence redacted) found in a book in a sealed envelope. “The Commission is of opinion that the Union Government has a duty to explain the nation why and how Lal Bahadur Shastri died in Tashkent. The government representatives have not come up with any justification for continuing these documents as ‘secret’ for unlimited period of time,” said the order.
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