The enactment of the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) is a historic event in the annals of democracy in India. Information is power and now a citizen has the right to access information "held by or under control of" the public authorities. Concurrently, it is the duty of all public authorities to provide information sought by citizens. The Act mandates a legal-institutional framework for setting out the practical regime of right to information for every citizen to secure access to information under the control of public authorities. It prescribes mandatory disclosure of certain information to citizens. It also mandates the constitution of a Central Information Commission (CIC) and State Information Commissions (SICs) to inquire into complaints, hear second appeals, and guide implementation of the Act. Most of the intelligence agencies are excluded from the ambit of RTI Act, 2005 as would be seen from Schedule 2 to the Act. However, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI) are notable exclusion to this exemption. The nature of job of an intelligence agency is to gather intelligence, cause investigation and prosecution of offenders. To execute these functions, these agencies have to maintain utmost confidentiality of information. However, having not been excluded from the purview of RTI Act, 2005, DGCEI has to maintain a fine balance between the transparency and public interest under the Act and the protected interest under Section 8 of the Act. Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI) is the apex intelligence organization functioning under the Central Board of Excise & Customs, Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, entrusted with detection of cases of evasion of duties of Central Excise and Service Tax. The Directorate General is headed by Director General. The role of the Directorate General in tackling the menace of duty evasion is manifold. It develops intelligence, especially in new areas of tax evasion through its intelligence network across the country and disseminates information in this respect, by issuing Modus Operandi Circulars and Alert Circulars to appraise field formations of the latest trends in duty evasion. Wherever found necessary, this Directorate General on its own, or in co-ordination with field formations, organizes operations to unearth evasion of central excise duty and service tax.