Further, another RTI response has revealed that Saif Ali Khan was recommended for Padma awards by 'Awards Committee' in its meeting without mentioning name of members of Awards Committee who had recommended his name.
Significantly senior government-officers and eminent personalities from different fields are members of the Awards Committee, and all the recommended names are to be cleared by several intelligence-agencies before being announced for Padma awards on Republic-Day eve.
Name of member of Awards Committee having recommended name of Saif Ali Khan should be made public. Honouring controversial ones with Padma awards give bad name to the prestigious civilian honour.
Probe should also be ordered on functioning of intelligence-authorities which clear controversial names without any proper investigation even though media-reports prominently and regularly appear about awardees involved in criminal cases.