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Abhijit Ghosal

Misbehaviour and abusive language used by FAA during an eyewash Hearing Procedure

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Abhijit Ghosal

Though I had participated in several First Appeals and Second Appeals of RTI, I had a terrible experience on 12th July, last week, at the Hearing of my Appeal at Kolkata Municipal Corporation. I had been trying to get some information on irregularities in recruitment at Kolkata Municipal Corporation in 2014. Despite my sending 5 RTI Applications and 3 Appeals during the last 3 years, they did not send me correct information, which I was seeking. Nor did they provide me any Hearing on the Appeals. On my notice to the FAA in May 2017 that I would go for second Appeal to SIC, they called me for a Hearing, asking me to reach there singly, in person (though one is allowed another person /lawyer to asist, and personal attendance is not necessary, i.e. one can send any authorised representative for the RTI Appeal-Hearing), after Office Hours (5 PM). Accordingly, I reached on time, and was made to wait for 20 minutes, seated on a corridor. I was called in, at 5.15 pm.99% of the employees had left the Municipility premises by then. The Clerks asked me to deposit all mobiles and all pens too, before entering the room of the FAA. Thereafter, though there were 5 other persons in the room, the FAA did not allow or ask anybody else to speak a word, and he made me sign the attendance sheet as soon as I entered his room, and then told me that no further information would be given to me.Thereafter, on my commenting that the Hearing was just a farce, an eyewash, the FAA started abusing me with the dirtiest way possible, he called me "son of a swine' and ordered "Get Out".I had to make a quiet exit.

 

I realised later, the reason why I was asked to visit the FAA alone, in person, and all recording devices and pens even (fearing of Spy Cameras therein) were taken away from my possession, before admitting me to the room of the FAA. The abuse at the Hearing was pre-planned. How to confront the abuse of the RTI Act?

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