Has the Government been Successful in Unearthing Black Money after Demonetization – asks RTI Applicant

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The Central Information Commission has asked the Finance Ministry to disclose the total Black Money collected after demonetization in response to one year old RTI application filed by Khalid Mundappilly.

The RTI applicant had approached the Prime Minister office on Nov 22, 2016, a few days after Prime Minister’s announcement of ban of currency notes of Rs.1000 and Rs.500. The applicant had asked about the total money collected after demonetization because one of the biggest reasons given for demonetization was to put a curb on black money.

But he did not get any response of his RTI query within 30 days period mandatory to file reply of RTI application and hence he filed a complaint against the officials of PMO before the Central Information Commission (CIC).

In response to his complaint the Central Information Commissioner R K Mathur has directed to the respondent i.e. PMO officials to reply to the RTI application and disclose the total black money collected after demonetization within 30 days from the date of receipt of his order.

It is noted that the information should be provided within 30 days from the date of receipt of RTI application and the CIC may levy penalty if information is not provided within 30 days.

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