The Central Information Commission has issued notices to information officials at the Ministry of Electronics, National Informatics Centre and the Nationwide e-Governance Division to explain why they do not have details about the creation of the Aarogya Setu app.

The CIC notice came following a complaint by a certain Saurav Das, who claimed that the concerned departments had failed to furnish information about the process of creation of Aarogya Setu App and other information relating to its creation.

According to web portal LiveLaw, Das submitted that the NIC responded to his RTI plea stating that it 'does not hold the information' relating to the App's creation, which is surprising since it is the App's developer. Similar response came from NeGC and MeitY.

In its directive, the CIC noted the irony in the statement about lack of information about who created the application when on government portals it clearly mentions that the Aarogya Setu platform is designed, developed and hosted by NIC.

According to LiveLaw, the CIC also pointed out that the addressees cannot simply wash their hands off by  stating that the information is not available with them and that some effort should have been put in to find out the custodian(s) of the information sought.

The concerned information officers have been directed to appear before the CIC on November 24.