The Central Information Commission has directed the PMO to ask the defence ministry about action taken in respect of a communication by former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao on investigating certain "developments" in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
The order came after the Prime Minister's Office refused to divulge information in response to a Right To Information application by Meerut resident Ramesh Chander Tyagi, who sought details on investigations done after the then prime minister's letter of August 16, 1995.
Giving reasons for its decision, the PMO said the concerned records were not available with it.
Tyagi had sought information on the investigations that Rao, in his communication to MPs, had promised would be conducted into developments in the DRDO.
Responding to his application, the PMO's Central Public Information Officer Kamal Dayani said since the matter pertained to DRDO, which is under the defence ministry, Tyagi should approach the latter.
"On the substance of the appeal, CPIO Kamal Dayani will now enquire from the ministry of defence (MoD) as to what action has been taken in follow up to the prime minister's commitment," Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said in a recent order.
"Should there have been no follow up at the level of MoD or any other organ of the government of India, this information will also be supplied," he said, adding the enquiry and providing the information should be done within 15 days.
Details of the "developments" in the DRDO that were to be probed were not immediately available.