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Reveal who paid for the VVIP vacation taken by Arvind Kejriwal's family in Switzerland.

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Sign this petition if you want that the name of the person who funded the foreign trip of Kejriwal's family should be revealed.

If a recent report on the news website "India Samvaad" (which has since been deleted for reasons unknown) is to be believed, Kejriwal’s family (apart from Arvind himself) spent the summer vacationing in one of the most exotic holiday destinations in the world, Switzerland, to relieve themselves from the scorching heat of Delhi. Kejriwal’s wife Sunita and his children were cooling their heels in Switzerland this summer which is considered to be one of the world’s most expensive holiday destination.

Sources said that during the first fortnight of June, Arvind Kejriwal’s wife and children were seen holidaying in the beautiful valley of Alps. Sunita Kejriwal was accompanied by Kumar Vishwas’s wife and kids. Sunita Kejriwal is an Indian Revenue Services officer posted in New Delhi.

To verify the veracity of this story, the petitioner decided to file an RTI against Smt. Sunita Kejriwal, requesting that her foreign travel details – including the details of who funded the trip – be made public.

The Income Tax Department has refused to disclose the requested information, using section (8) (j) of the Right to Information Act, 2005, which stipulates that: "information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be, is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such information" may not be divulged.

Disappointed, the petitioner decided to file a first appeal with the Department challenging the decision of the CPIO on the grounds that since Smt. Sunita Kejriwal is the wife of a sitting Chief Minister of Delhi, it is immature to say that there is no public interest in their lives. Just like any other politician, each and everything pertaining to the Kejriwals is (and should be) scrutinized.

Further, India has lakhs of civil servants, and most certainly almost everyone has taken vacations abroad at least once in their lives. Then why is that the foreign vacation of a normal civil servant is not covered in the news but that of Smt. Sunita Kejriwal is a headline? How can one say there is absolutely no public interest in the lives of the Kejriwals?

The petitioner has started this petition on to establish the fact that public interest exists in this case since the public wants to keep Arvind Kejriwal accountable by the very yardstick he uses to keep politicians of other parties accountable.

A hearing for the first appeal is set to be held on August 19, 2015, at 11am where the author will be making a simple demand: Revealing the details of #KejriwalsSwissVacation.

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