The alleged filming happened three years ago but was first reported by The Indian Express earlier this year. Some women staffers who worked in the premier technical intelligence agency’s temporary office in Hauz Khas in New Delhi had complained about a spycam fixed in their toilet with the feed from the camera being accessed by a computer manned by the agency’s counter-intelligence and security unit.
Based on the report, complainant Naina Kapur, a Gurgaon-based lawyer, approached the CIC. The NTRO had refused information on the ground that it was exempt from making disclosures under the RTI Act.
In his order passed on Tuesday, Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra said that although the organisation is exempted from the RTI Act, the case was clearly of human rights violation of women employees and hence it must be disclosed. “If indeed there was any complaint from any women employees, it would constitute a clear case of violation of women’s human rights,” he said, adding that the NTRO was therefore obliged to respond to RTI queries.