LUCKNOW || The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has denied the copy of the files and documents of MEA about the recently held Howdy Modi to Lucknow based activist Dr Nutan Thakur. The Lucknow-based activist had sought information about the organizers of this program, the role played by MEA and the organizers in this program along with a copy of the official file of MEA as regards this program.
The Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of MEA replied that the program was organized by the Consulate General of India, Houston in coordination with Texas India Forum.
It said that the role of MEA was to conduct the event and organise the participation of Indian diaspora, US Congressmen and US Governors with co-ordination amongst Consulate General of India, Houston in coordination with Texas India Forum.
At the same time, it denied copy of the official MEA file under section 8(1)(a) of RTI Act, 2005 which prohibits information, whose disclosure would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State, relation with foreign State or lead to incitement of an offence.
Not being satisfied with the reply, Nutan has preferred an Appeal against this reply. PM Modi was joined by US President Donald Trump at this mega event in which more than 50,000 Indo-Americans took part.