As reported in greaterkashmir.com on 20 January 2011:
RTI activist attacked in Doda Lastupdate:- Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:30:00 GMT GreaterKashmir.com
RTI activist ‘attacked’ in Doda
Doda, Jan 20: Unidentified persons attacked an Right to Information (RTI) activist at Bhandoga area in Doda district on Monday.
According to locals, Safdar Ali was assaulted by a group of men after he protested against the alleged misappropriation of funds in the construction of a village tank, which collapsed after few days.
“Despite filing of FIR, police has failed to take any substantial action against the culprits,” Safdar Ali said.
“We have documented seven recent attacks on RTI users and activists,” a communiqué issued by JKRTI Movement said adding the activists were facing severe threats from unscrupulous elements.
“The government has a legal and moral responsibility to stop these attacks,” said Haq Nawaz Nehru, a prominent RTI activist.
“We appeal to the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah and Director General of Police, Kuldeep Khoda to intervene in the matter,” he said.
As reported by Gangadhar S Patil in expressbuzz.com on 21 January 2011:
Chennai: Open RTI hearing closed to scribe | | | Indian Express
Chennai: Open RTI hearing closed to scribe
CHENNAI: In a move that disagrees with the essence of the Right to Information Act, Tamil Nadu Chief Information Commissioner K S Sripathi on Wednesday asked a journalist to leave during an open hearing on an RTI appeal.
While refusing to provide any reason for doing so, Sripathi asked this reporter to leave forthwith his chamber, where the appeal proceedings were going on. When asked if there was any confidential matter being discussed, he said: “Nothing secret but you should leave. I don’t want to argue with you.” Repeated pleas from this reporter stating it was an open hearing went in vain.
Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi, however, told Express that he usually allows all those interested in observing hearings to do so.
Sripathi was conducting the hearing based on an appeal filed by E Muralidharan in 2010 over the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority’s failure to furnish information on planning permission given for IIT-Madras’s multi-crore research centre.
This act of the State Information Commissioner drew flak from several quarters. Lawyer-rights activist N L Rajah said the law was very clear as far as hearings were concerned. “All hearings shall be open to any ordinary citizen. They cannot be forbidden from observing the hearing.” He said the Commission was established to ensure transparency in functioning of government rather than clamping on it.
RTI activists pointed out that Tamil Nadu was yet to frame rules governing RTI appeals procedure.