PM Modi’s wife files appeal with RTI commissioner over security entitlements

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wife Jashodaben on Saturday filed an appeal before the Gujarat state Right to Information Commissioner after being twice denied information on security protocol and her entitlements.

PM Narendra Modi’s wife, JashodabenPhoto : PTI
PM Narendra Modi’s wife, Jashodaben
Photo : PTI

This is the second time she has filed the appeal after being denied information twice, once at application stage and second in first appeal stage in the past one year. Her brother Ashok Modi, who spoke on her behalf, confirmed Saturday about her filling the appeal to the State Information Commission.

Jashodaben had filed an application under the RTI Act in November last year with Mehsana district police seeking details of the security provided to her after Modi became Prime Minister.

She had asked about her entitlements as the Prime Minister’s wife apart from seeking information about the duties of the men deployed for her security and on whose orders do they travel in government vehicles when she travels in public vehicles.

She had preferred an appeal against this in January this year but, according to Ashok Modi, did not get satisfactory reply again.

Sandip Modi, Jashodaben’s relative and lawyer said Jashodaben’s second appeal on Saturday was prompted by unsatisfactory answers for her first appeal filed with Mehsana Police Superintendent of Police. He also added that the reply given to Jashodaben also failed to mention the name of her husband and addressed her as “Jashodaben, daughter of Chimanbhai Modi”.

In her petition, she mentioned her name as “Jashodaben Narendrabhai Modi, daughter of Chimanbhai Modi”.

In November 2014, Information sought by Jashodaben on the security cover given to her through an RTI was denied in February 2015 by Mehsana District Police Superintendent J R Mothalia in first appeal stage, arguing that it came under local intelligence bureau and as per a 2005 circular of Gujarat Government’s home department, the local intelligence bureau was exempted from providing the information.

Jashodaben had sought several documents related to the security cover given to her as per the protocol, including the certified copy of actual order passed by the government in her RTI application.

The state information commission office confirmed receiving the second stage appeal under RTI Act.

They said, “We have received Jashodaben Modi’s application. However, it is yet to be scrutinised.”

As per the usual procedure, if a person is not agreeing to the reply by the Public Information Officer (PIO), then they have to make first appeal within the department where they filed the RTI. If they are still not satisfied by the information given by the first appellate authority, they can file the second appeal at the State Information Commission.