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Congress member arrested in Uttar Pradesh

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Congress member arrested in Uttar Pradesh

By Sindh Today | Sep 26th, 2008

 

Lucknow, Sep 26 (IANS) A senior Congress functionary in Uttar Pradesh who has been filing Right To Information (RTI) applications on projects initiated by the Mayawati government was arrested here early Friday.

 

Shailendra Singh, chairperson of the party’s Uttar Pradesh Right To Information Task Force, was taken into custody at 1.30 a.m. Friday.

 

The move prompted the Congress to allege that the police machinery was being used to settle political scores. The party has threatened to launch a state-wide agitation if he is not released immediately.

 

A delegation of the senior state party leaders also met Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi at the Lucknow airport Friday morning to apprise her of the issue. On Friday Gandhi was on her way to her Lok Sabha constituency Rae Bareli for a two-day visit.

 

Singh was arrested from his house for allegedly misbehaving with the senior officials of the State Information Commission and damaging government property together with his supporters.

 

He was a provincial police service officer before he resigned as deputy superintendent of police in 2004 to join the Congress party.

‘Singh played an important role in the effective implementation of the RTI

 

Act in the state and exposed the government’s tendency to conceal information related to public interest,’ state Congress president Rita Bahuguna Joshi said at a press conference Friday.

 

Singh went to meet the acting chief information commissioner (CIC) Gyanendra Sharma Thursday afternoon. ‘He and his associates only demanded from the CIC to keep the RTI website updated and ensure effective implementation of the act in the state,’ she added.

But he has been framed and jailed under false charges, the Congress party alleged.

 

Besides various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Public Property Damage Act, Singh has been booked under Section 7 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act and a case registered in the Hazratganj police station.

 

‘The FIR was registered on a complaint by a senior official of the CIC office and we arrested him,’ Inspector A.S. Chauhan of Hazratganj police station said.

 

Singh was shifted to the Lucknow district jail Friday afternoon after the district court rejected his bail application.

 

‘The criminal law amendment act was invoked against him to ensure he did not get bail,’ Joshi alleged.

 

She said the government wanted to prevent Singh from filing a counter-affidavit in the Supreme Court in connection with a public interest litigation (PIL) he had filed on expenses involved in the reconstruction of the Ambedkar Park in Gomti Nagar.

 

Ambedkar Park is a memorial to Dalit icon Dr B.R. Ambedkar as well as Kanshi Ram, the founder of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and mentor of Chief Minister Mayawati. The chief minister had ordered reconstruction of concrete structures in the park, which she had erected in her earlier tenures.

 

Singh had challenged this in the high court, which had stayed the reconstruction and the government had moved the apex court against the verdict. The case is in progress and Singh is to file a counter-affidavit in the Supreme Court Sep 29.

 

The state Congress president alleged: ‘Besides this case, Singh had been filing a number of RTI applications to expose the government’s wrongdoings.’

 

‘We are going to organise a statewide agitation and we demand immediate release of Singh and withdrawal of the wrong case against him,’ Joshi said.

A delegation of senior state congress leaders also met Gandhi at the Amausi airport in Lucknow Friday morning.

 

‘Sonia Gandhi has assured us of all possible help,’ she added. Gandhi returns to Delhi Saturday evening.

 

Congress member arrested in Uttar Pradesh | Sindh Today

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karira

Without going into the veracity of the report, this is very good news !

 

At least it will bring the harassment meted out to ordinary RTI applicants into public knowledge and start a healthy debate.

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Bail for Cong leader in info commission case

as reported in Outlook India, LUCKNOW, OCT 1, 2008 (PTI)

 

Congress leader, Shailendra Kumar Singh was granted bail today in a

criminal case for allegedly misbehaving with the state information

commissioner and damaging property in his office.

 

Additional Sessions Judge Shaktikant ordered to release Singh on bail

on his executing a personal bond of Rs 20,000 and furnishing two

sureties of the like amount each.

 

Singh, the head of the Right to Information cell of the Congress

party, was arrested on September 25 after he allegedly misbehaved with

the commissioner on the same day.

 

Singh, however, had denied all the charges and maintained that the

arrest was an act of "political vendetta."

 

Meanwhile, the Congress had sought Governor's intervention seeking his release.

 

outlookindia.com | wired

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My arrest was Mayawati's pre-planned move: Rights activist

as reported in Yahoo! News, Oct 3, 08

 

Lucknow, Oct 3 (IANS) The Congress party's Right to Information Task Force chairman Shailendra Singh Friday alleged that his arrest was a pre-planned move by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and that he was victimised for his effort to expose the huge expenditure on rebuilding a memorial dedicated to B.R. Ambedkar.

 

A former provincial police service officer, Singh was arrested in the early hours of Sep 26 for allegedly creating a ruckus in the state chief information commissioner's (CIC) office and manhandling senior CIC officials.

 

He was granted bail Wednesday. He claimed he was kept in the general cell of the Lucknow district jail and spent six sleepless nights due to a threat to his life.

 

'The way the police broke into my house and booked me under Section 7 of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act itself highlights the fear factor of the state government due to my PIL on the memorial,' Singh told reporters at a press conference.

 

'The PIL was transferred to the Supreme Court in January and I was to appear before the court to file a counter affidavit September 29,' he added.

 

'It was due to this, the CM (Mayawati) planned my arrest just to prevent me from exposing her,' Singh alleged.

 

The Congress also questioned the appointment of the acting CIC and the three other information commissioners of the state.

 

'According to law, the chief minister can make these appointments jointly in the presence of a cabinet minister and the leader of the opposition. However, the appointments were made without any discussions with Mulayam Singh Yadav who is the leader of the opposition,' Singh claimed.

 

'We will soon challenge the appointment of the CIC and three of his subordinates in the Supreme Court and will file more applications under the RTI to expose how the chief minister (Mayawati) is utilising public funds for her personal projects and prosperity,' said Ram Kumar Bhargava, UP Congress spokesperson.

 

My arrest was Mayawati's pre-planned move: Rights activist - Yahoo! India News

 

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Cong demands dismissal of SICs

as reported in Express News Service | Oct 04, 2008

 

Lucknow, October 3 Following the arrest of Shailendra Singh, the state Congress has decided to intensify its campaign against Chief Minister Mayawati by seeking the dismissal of four state information commissioners (SIC).

 

They allege that the SICs had been appointed illegally. “According to the Right To Information Act, the chief minister should appoint the commissioners after consulting the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly and a minister of the Cabinet rank,” said Singh, chairman of the right to information cell of the Congress. “But the chief minister did not adhere to the process,” he said.

 

Singh said he will soon file a petition in the Allahabad High Court regarding this matter. Leader of Opposition Mulayam Singh Yadav, said that he was never consulted in this matter, although “it is mandatory for the chief minister to consult the Leader of the Opposition before appointing the information commissioners.”

 

As for the Congress, Mulayam said: “Instead of creating a ruckus about this matter, they (Congress) should ask the Governor as to why he had given his assent without consulting the government.”

 

Singh, who was the former Deputy Superintendent of Police, alleged that he was being victimised by the CM for raising issues related to the misuse of public funds in the construction of Ambedkar Memorial.

 

Singh was arrested on September 25 for allegedly indulging in violence at the SIC office. Later, he was released on bail. He said he would move the National Human Rights Commission regarding his arrest, which was based on fake charges.

 

Cong demands dismissal of SICs - Express India

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NHRC seeks report on raw deal to RTI activist

as reported in Times of India, 8 Oct 2008, 0355 hrs IST,TNN.

 

LUCKNOW: Taking a serious note of the news item (TOI edition dated September 27, 2008) regarding the police manhandling of former deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Shailendra Singh in Lucknow, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sent a notice to director general of police (DGP), UP seeking a detailed report on the incident.

 

The commission has directed the state police to file the report latest by November 3.

 

The notice states if the desired report is not filed with the commission within the stipulated time, the NHRC can initiate direct action in connection with the case.

 

The commission has also taken cognizance of a detailed complaint lodged by the human rights cell of Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) in connection with the incident seeking immediate intervention of the commission. “This is another victory of our fight for human rights,” said Harjot Singh, a senior lawyer and convener of the UPCC’s HR cell, who was also defence counsel for Shailendra Singh in the said case.

 

A contingent of the Lucknow police broke into the house of the former cop, virtually dragged him to police station and subsequently packed him off to jail on September 26.

 

The police had termed it as a routine arrest initiated in connection with a case lodged against Shailendra relating to alleged violence by the former cop and his associates at the State Information Commission office on September 25 last.

 

The police had slapped provisions of Criminal Law Amendment Act apart from a series of sections from the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Shailendra which landed him in judicial custody till he was eventually released on bail on October 1. The court took a serious note of the conduct of the public prosecutor when the latter sought time to furnish some details related to petition said to have been pending before the Supreme Court which was connected to the police action against the

former DSP.

 

 

NHRC seeks report on raw deal to RTI activist-Lucknow-Cities-The Times of India

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As reported in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 21 January 2009:

SHRC orders probe into police assault on ex-cop-Lucknow-Cities-The Times of India

 

SHRC orders probe into police assault on ex-cop

 

LUCKNOW: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has ordered a magisterial probe into the alleged manhandling, subsequent arrest and assault on former deputy superintendent of police (DySP) and the UP head of the Congress Party's Special Task Force (STF) on Right to Information (RTI), Shailendra Singh, by the Lucknow police during the intervening night of September 25-26, 2008. The district magistrate (DM) Lucknow has been directed to submit the findings of the magisterial probe by the first week of March.

 

Member SHRC, Justice (retd) Vishnu Sahai, in his order stated that he found a magisterial probe expedient in the interest of justice after going through the aversements contained in the complaint and report of additional superintendent of police (ASP) (Protocol) who is also the nodal officer of the district human rights cell of Lucknow.

 

"The Commission has directed that the case be put up for hearing in the first week of March along with the findings of the magisterial probe for further orders," said senior high court lawyer, Harjot Singh, who is the state convenor of legal and human rights cell of the Congress Party. "We are sure that magisterial probe will expose the police and the fact that action initiated against Shailendra was purely a politically motivated one," Singh told TOI.

 

Police had allegedly stormed into the residence of Shailendra Singh late on the night of September 25, 2008, misbehaved with his wife, ransacked the house and later dragged the ex-cop out of the apartment building into the police van. Shailendra was taken to the Hazratganj police station where he was again assaulted, tortured and humiliated by his one time juniors before being shoved behind bars.

 

The police action against Shailendra was stated to have originated from an FIR lodged under sections 143 (5 or more persons planning to commit a crime), 147 (indulging in a scuffle), 353 (causing obstruction in execution of government duties), 504 (abuse), 506 (threatening with dire consequences), 427 (causing damage), section 3/4 of Public Property Act (causing damage to public property) and seven Criminal Law Amendment Act (creating terror leading to panic and chaos) with the Hazratganj police. The FIR was lodged by SR Meena, secretary, UP State Information Commission (UPSIC), stating that Shailendra along with 150 other unidentified supporters had allegedly stormed the UPSIC office premises, damaged public property and created terror.

 

The complaint said that when the security guards of the UPSIC tried to close the doors to block the entry of the mob, the crowd attacked them and forced their way into the office of the information commissioner RK Misra. Two of the protesters, identified as Awdhesh Sachan and Dinesh Yadav, allegedly pulled off the name plate of the information commissioner and smashed it to pieces.

 

A dynamic police officer, Shailendra was posted as the deputy superintendent of police (DySP) with the Special Task Force (STF) of the UP Police before he resigned from the service allegedly following pressures from the government to give a clean chit to the mafia turned politician and sitting MLA, Mukhtar Ansari, in a gun-running case.

 

As the investigation supervisor of the case, Shailendra ordered Mukhtar's quizzing in the case but was allegedly asked by the "higher ups" not to drag the MLA's name into the case. Shailendra refused to oblige and quit from the police service.

 

After having unsuccessfully contested assembly elections from his native district of Varanasi, Shailendra joined the Congress party and was appointed as the state head of the Party's STF on RTI.

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If Mayawati planned the arrest / torture of the RTI applicant; the SIC Lucknow is dutuful to conduct high level inquiry into the conspiracy.

If the SIC finds after inquiry that the allegations are true; SIC must then act as per RTI spirit by punishing Mayawati & others who were guilty. All such guilty officers must be recommended ' Adverse entries' & 'disciplinary actions'.

SIC must work as per RTI Act 05.

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If Mayawati planned the arrest / torture of the RTI applicant; the SIC Lucknow is dutuful to conduct high level inquiry into the conspiracy.

If the SIC finds after inquiry that the allegations are true; SIC must then act as per RTI spirit by punishing Mayawati & others who were guilty. All such guilty officers must be recommended ' Adverse entries' & 'disciplinary actions'.

SIC must work as per RTI Act 05.

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