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New Delhi, August 2: THE Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the IIT Delhi administration on Thursday to reinstate its suspended Registrar Col Rajendra Singh within two working days. Information Commissioner O P Kejriwal said it appears the institute director suspended Singh to settle â€œpersonal scoresâ€.
IIT Delhi Director Prof Surendra Prasad had suspended Singh for non-payment of a penalty imposed on him by the CIC in an earlier case. Delivering his order, Kejriwal said the HRD Secretary should take suitable action against Prasad, emphasising that he had â€œexceeded his authorityâ€. According to the order, Singh should be back in office latest by Tuesday.
The CIC had in an earlier case imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on Singh. In case of non-payment the amount was to be deducted from his salary. The CIC noted that it had subsequently received the complete payment in two instalments. Its Thursday order came on a complaint submitted by Singh on Monday that he had been victimised and suspended by the institute.
The CIC said the way he (Prasad) acted it appears to be a means of settling personal scores. Kejriwal said the CIC had directed the institute only to recover the penalty from Singhâ€™s salary and in no way empowered the director to suspend him by way of administrative action. Reprimanding Prasad for misusing the CICâ€™s order and the RTI, Kejriwal has recommended action against him.
Singh was suspended last Friday, a day after he approached the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) seeking an investigation into â€œmisappropriation of funds at IIT Delhiâ€. Singh had sought investigations into an order issued to him by the IIT administration for release of Endowment Funds for foreign junkets of faculty members during the first week of July this year.
Reinstate Registrar by Tuesday, CIC directs IIT Delhi
The Madras High Court on Tuesday directed the Tamil Nadu Government to clarify whether the exemption granted under the provision of Right To Information Act (RTI) and a government order could be made applicable to cases in which information relating to corruption charges were made.
Justice V Dhanapalan gave the direction while disposing of a petition of one Vishwanath Swami, seeking a direction to the Commissioner of Police and Superintendent of Police, CBCID to supply information sought by him and to take departmental acton against officials who failed to furnish the information.
The judge said the government has to clarify the position of exemption available under Section 24 (4) of RTI Act, as the notification has not made anything clear about the exemption granted.
Since the issue in question related to corruption charges, the applicability of the Act precludes certain documents to be revealed can be considered only when the Government Order (G.O) was clarified. Therefore, the public department has to clarify the G.O dated October 14, 2005, the judge added.
The judge said the petitioner, police officials and the Secretary to Tamil Nadu Information Commission can approach the government, which has to come out with the clarification to make it clear as to whether the applicability of the act can be considered in case of allegations of corruption.
Therefore, it was left open to the parties to clarify the position from the government, the judge added.
CHENNAI, 30 Oct 2007, 2123 hrs IST,PTI