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CBDT Directs Income-tax Dept To Comply Strictly With Directions Of CIC Under The RTI Act

The CBDT has issued a directive dated 17th May 2016 in which it is noted that in certain cases orders passed by the CIC are not being complied with by the Income Tax Department. The CBDT has stated that in view of the fact that the orders of CIC are binding under the RTI Act, 2005 unless stayed or reversed by higher courts, all the concerned authorities / officers/ CPIOs should ensure that the orders passed by CIC in appeals and complaints under the RTI Act, 2005 are invariably complied with within the time fixed by the Commission, unless they are stayed or reversed by higher courts. It is warned that any deviation will be viewed adversely

FTS -300294447/2016
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Revenue
[Central Board of Direct Taxes]
New Delhi, 17th May, 2016

All Pr.CCsIT / Pr. DGsIT

Sir / Madam,

Sub: Non-compliance of the orders passed by the Central Information Commission —reg.

1. Kindly refer to the subject cited above.

2. It has been brought to the notice of the Board by Registrar, Central Information Commission, New Delhi that in certain cases orders passed by the CIC are not being complied with by the Income Tax Department. Reference has been made to some orders passed by CIC in this regard. The CIC have raised a concern that such non-compliance of orders passed the Commission by one public authority will only embolden others to act in a similar manner, which will damage the effectiveness and image of the Commission.

3. In view of the fact that the orders of CIC are binding under the RTI Act, 2005 unless stayed or reversed by higher courts, I am directed to convey that suitable instructions may be issued to all the concerned authorities / officers/ CPIOs to ensure that the orders passed by CIC in appeals and complaints under the RTI Act, 2005 are invariably complied with within the time fixed by the Commission, unless they are stayed or reversed by higher courts. Any deviation will be viewed adversely.

4. This issues with the approval of Chairman, CBDT

(Dr. B.K. CIT(C&S), CBDT


7 comments on “CBDT Directs Income-tax Dept To Comply Strictly With Directions Of CIC Under The RTI Act
  1. Ashwani Joshi says:

    Hum na sudhrengay, CBDT.

  2. Ashwani Joshi says:

    Him na sudhrengay, CBDT.

  3. Bobjee kurien says:

    This is one more of the directions of the CBDT that will.find its way to the dust bin.after allwho is a director .they care two hoots for elections issues by the High court and of late the supreme court.

    • Bobjee kurien says:

      It should read they care two hoots for directions issued by the High court and not they do not the directions of the supreme court.

  4. manish parekh says:

    Thanks to CBDT for being stern with the officers. For all the 60 years they were used to never paying heed to the LAW. They were bissfully living in a world as if the LAWS & ACTS & RULES were not meant for them

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