Disclose Nathuram Godse’s statement in Gandhi assassination trial, orders CIC
�One may disagree with Godse and his co-accused, but we cannot refuse disclosure or circulation of his opinion," says Acharyulu
Nathuram Godse's statements along with other relevant records related to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi should be "proactively disclosed" on the website of the National Archives, Central Information Commissioner has said on Monday.
Information commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu, in its order, said: “One may disagree with Godse and his co-accused, but we cannot refuse disclosure or circulation of his opinion. At the same time, neither Godse nor the holder of his theme or opinion can go to the extent of killing a person whose philosophy he cannot agree with.”
Mahatma Gandhi was killed on January 30, 1948, by Godse, a right-wing activist.
According to a report in Press Trust of India, petitioner Ashutosh Bansal had demanded the charge sheet and Godse’s statement, among other details, from Delhi Police, which forwarded the application to the National Archives of India saying the records have been handed over to it.
The National Archives asked Bansal to inspect the records and cull out the information. After he failed to get the information, Bansal approached the commissioner.
The information commissioner also directed the Central Public Information Commissioner not to charge Rs 3 per page for photocopying because the Right to Information Act overrides any such provision of the Public Records Act by virtue of Section 22 of the RTI Act.