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Officials found guilty of torturing RTI petitioners to be punished

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As reported at bihartimes.com on 10 Oct 2009

 

Patna, (BiharTimes): The Bihar government has announced to initiate action against officials found guilty of torturing petitioners seeking information under the Right to Information Act. According to the Home Secretary, Aamir Subhani, official found guilty of serving threats to the information seekers or implicating them in false cases will be suitably punished.

The media, including bihartimes.com have highlighted a number of cases in which petitioners have been tortured and even implicated in rape cases.

he Home Secretary said he was also writing to the district magistrates and district superintendents of police asking them to strictly follow the government directives. The state government’s action follows a large number of complains by the information seekers that they are being constantly threatened, tortured and implicated in false cases for seeking information under RTI from the officials.

The convenor of Lok Suchana Adhikar Manch, an NGO, Parveen Amanullah has alleged more than two dozen information seekers had been arrested and sent to jails in false cases for daring to seek information from officials under the RTI Act. Quite a large number of officials did not even provide information to petitioners despite repeated reminders, prompting the State Information Commission to slap fine on them.

In all 262 officials were punished in the last one year for not supplying information to the applicants. An official report said altogether 12,000 cases were registered with the State Information Commission in the last three years and around 1.50 lakh people sought various kinds of information from various departments.

 

 

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