By Atul Patankar
As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 9 Jul 2009
RANCHI: A PIL was filed by one Surendra Sao of Bokaro in Jharkhand High Court demanding a CBI inquiry against SAIL chairman, BSL MD and former Union steel minister Ram Vilas Paswan in connection with the expenses incurred during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the state last year. The PM had come to lay the foundation stone of BSL's modernization and expansion programme.
Sao has challenged the Rs 1.92 crore expenditure incurred by BSL during the visit of the Prime Minister on April 22, 2008. The estimated expense to be incurred by BSL in this programme was around Rs 11,000 crore.
The petition was filed on basis of information collected through RTI from SAIL. The report of alleged misuse of money during the Prime Minister's visit to the state was first published in TOI.
Source: PIL against SAIL chairman, BSL MD - Ranchi - Cities - The Times of India
By Atul Patankar
As reported at thehindu.com on Jul 19, 2009
MADURAI: The Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 has exposed the appalling conditions of a middle school in Tiruchi where 195 students were suffering from lack of basic facilities such as electricity, ventilation, toilets and structurally stable buildings.
Disposing of a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed on the strength of information obtained under the RTI Act, the Madras High Court Bench here on Friday directed the education officials to shift the students to other schools.
The Tiruchi District Elementary Educational Officer (DEEO) was ordered to transfer immediately all 195 students studying in Standard Six to Eight in Sacred Heart Middle school at Pushpa Nagar, Sangiliandapuram, to two other nearby schools.
A Division Bench comprising Justice V. Ramasubramanian and Justice D. Hariparanthaman held that the temporary recognition granted to the middle school, until October 31, 2009, was illegal.
Mr. Justice Ramasubramanian directed the Collector and the Director of Elementary Education in Chennai to inspect the buildings where the school was accommodating students studying in Standards I to V and ascertain whether they had all necessary facilities.
Source: The Hindu : Tamil Nadu / Madurai News : RTI exposes lack of facilities in school