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  1. Just got the news that RTI Activist Mr Amit Jethwa was shot dead this evening in Gujarat. Will update more later. Members, there have been too many incidents like this in the recent past. Remember, that RTI Act enables citizens only to get "information". It does not offer you any protective shield. You can read more about Amit Jethwa here: amit jethwa - Google Search amit jethva - Google Search
  2. karira

    Success at the cost of life

    As reported by IANS in expressbuzz.com on 13 January 2010:RTI activist Satish Shetty killed near Pune RTI activist Satish Shetty killed near Pune PUNE: Leading Right to Information (RTI) activist Satish Shetty - who exposed many land scams in Maharashtra - was killed by unidentified men while on a morning walk at Talegaon on the outskirts of this city Wednesday. "Around 7.15 a.m., when Shetty was on his morning walk, some unidentified people assaulted him and injured him seriously. He was rushed to a private hospital, but succumbed later," Pradeep Aphale, investigating officer of Talegaon Police Station, told IANS. According to a colleague, 38-year-old Shetty left home around 6.45 a.m. for his usual morning walk when some people attacked him with swords near Bhandari Hospital. Shetty, a systematic whistleblower, was credited with throwing light on several major land scams in the picturesque Talegaon-Lonavala regions, now a favourite with realtors in the state. He shot to fame after exposing certain corrupt land deals in and around the country's first expressway, the Mumbai-Pune expressway, over a decade ago. Condemning the incident, leading Mumbai crusader Sumaira Abdulali said this comes barely a week after the attack on another prominent Mumbai social activist Nayana Kathpalia and threats to Neera Punj of Citispace. "This has become a trend and social activists are considered soft targets, the government must take immediate steps to stop such attacks," Abdulali, convenor of Movement against Intimidation, Threats and Revenge against Activists (MITRA), told IANS. MITRA has sent letters to Home Minister R.R. Patil listing the attacks suffered by activists in the past few years. Abdulali was threatened and assaulted in May 2004, H.S. D'Lima of Citispace threatened and assaulted in March 2005, James John of AGNI was threatened and assaulted in March 2006, activist Edwin Britto was threatened and attacked in 2000 and again in June 2005, Suryakant Panchal of BEAG was assaulted in June 2004, Anandini Thakoor and Aftab Siddiqui got threats in July 2005, January 2009 and mobbed thrice, Navin Pandya of AGNI was threatened and attacked in September 2009, S. Ganesan was threatened and attacked in November 2002, and Navleen Kumar was attacked in 2002.
  3. Hon'ble Gujarat High Court vide its attached judgement dated 29-06-2017 has ordered retrial as all witnesses have turned hostile. The judgement is worth reading and hence uploaded. Shri Jethwa was member of this portal too and very active RTI and Environment Activist. His father is untiringly following up the trial. JETHVA AMIT HC JUDT.pdf
  4. Is appilcants information and details sought confidential?
  5. NAMAKKAL/SALEM: The Home, Prohibition and Excise department of Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday revoked the detention order of Namakkal based human rights activist N Mathialagan. He was arrested and detained under Goondas Act by Namakkal district collector V Dakshinamoorthy, a couple of months ago. The deputy secretary of the department, A Muthukrishna Ramani, issued the order to revoke his detention, based on direction from the Goondas advisory board. According to Poomozhi, state president of Tamil Nadu People Rights' Movement (TNPRM), the district administration arrested Mathialagan without any reason. "The police and district administration had personal motive to detain him under Goondas Act," he alleged. When they had approached the district collector seeking his explanation, he failed to respond satisfactorily, he added. Read more at; Home department revokes detention order of activist - The Times of India
  6. A sub-registrar (Revenue Department), who lost his cool on Thursday, assaulted a RTI activist with his shoe and stones in front of his home in Bengaluru leading to a commotion. The entire act was caught on camera of local TV channels while assaulting the RTI activist. T Gopalakrishna, the sub-registrar, alleged that the RTI activist Venugopal was trying to extort money by using pressure tactics. It is alleged that Venugopal filed a RTI application seeking to know property ownership details of the sub-registrar. When he found out that Gopalakrishna owned a house, which was built by encroaching upon 210 sqft of government-owned land in Nagarabhavi, he brought the matter to the notice of the authorities concerned.Read more at; Karnataka sub-registrar assaults RTI activist with shoe : Mail Today, News - India Today
  7. MANOJ B. PATEL

    Augment coaches, says RTI activist

    The unprecedented rush of pilgrims going for the Godavari Pushkarams from north Andhra and Visakhapatnam could be addressed by augmentation of coaches to regular trains running with less number of coaches. Many reserved ‘pushkaram’ passengers cancelled their tickets even as others travelled without tickets. The long queues at the booking counters and the prospect of missing their trains must have made them decide to travel without tickets, even if that meant paying penalties. Over 200 reserved passengers from Duvvada cancelled their tickets on Monday and Tuesday, resulting in a loss of about Rs.50,000 to ECoR at Duvvada station,” says RTI activist K. Eswar. The passengers could not board the train as many passengers were squatting on the floor of the coaches.Read more at; Augment coaches, says RTI activist - The Hindu
  8. A Right to Information (RTI) activist of Hajipur earned the wrath of a mukhiya(panchayat head) in Vaishali district for exposing the alleged irregularities in the implementation of the development schemes and appointment of teachers in the government-run-primary schools. The henchmen of the mukhiya, Chhotelal Mahto, on Wednesday allegedly ransacked the house of the RTI activist, Satish Kumar Singh, at Kasturisarai village under the jurisdiction of Patepur police station in Vaishali district. They damaged glasses and furniture of Singh's house, around 70km north of Patna. Read more at: Graft crusade heat on RTI activist
  9. Replies obtained through Right to the Information Act by an activist in Madurai have revealed that many scan centres violated the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994. Though the RTI query was posed to four southern States, only Kerala responded. “A majority of scan centres functioning in our cities do not have approved sonologists. At least, 50 per cent of them violated guidelines of the Medical Council of India. There is a risk in diagnosis and the inference arrived at by ‘experts,’” cautions Anandraj, an activist, who has obtained details of scan centres under the Right to Information Act.Read more at; Many scan centres violating norms: RTI activist - The Hindu
  10. MANOJ B. PATEL

    Check your facts: NGT to activists

    STATUE OF UNITY UNDER GREEN SCANNER Petitioners have been given three weeks to prepare assessment by civil engineers, supported by relevant documents and maps The Pune bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday asked petitioners from Gujarat to submit a report prepared by civil engineers and supported by documents and maps, which will support their claim about irregularities in the Statue of Unity project. Activists say that the project, which they claim is over 20,000 sq m, has not received clearance under the environmental impact assessment (EIA) notification of 2006. The NGT bench also said that the experts who prepare the report should be accredited by the government. Read more at; Check your facts: NGT to activists - Pune Mirror
  11. MUMBAI: A public meeting on the Right to Services Act was organized by NGO Action for Good Governance and Networking in India on Saturday.Activist Shailesh Gandhisaid that the Right to Services needs to be used like the Right to Information (RTI) Act. "The legislation can work if you want your government to work. The Right to Services Act is more powerful than RTI. We will be able to get a citizens' charter in place."Read more at: http://m.timesofindia.com/city/mumbai/Services-law-stronger-than-RTI-Activist/articleshow/48038332.cms
  12. The murder of a 17-year-old college student in 2014 is set to rock the forthcoming Karnataka Assembly session, slated to begin in Belgaum from June 29. Yallalinga Kuruba, who was killed on January 11, 2014, was conducting RTI inquiries into suspected irregularities in the implementation of the MGNREGA scheme in the Hullihyder gram panchayat in the north Karnataka district of Koppal. The opposition BJP and the JDS have indicated that they will raise the matter in the state legislature over allegations of involvement of state’s Minor Irrigation Minister Shivaraj Tangadagi in the case. - See more at: Student murder to rock Karnataka House | The Indian Express
  13. basavaraj prabha

    to become rti activist

    Hello, tell the easy steps to become RTI activist?
  14. GAYA: Gaya DM Sanjay Agrawal has taken serious note of the reported threat to RTI activist and 'Save Falgu' campaigner Brajnandan Pathak and asked the SSP and SDO (sadar) to inquire into the matter and take follow-up action to bring the guilty to book. Forwarding the RTI activist's complaint to the SSP and SDO, the DM has asked them to take the matter with due seriousness. Pathak, a petitioner in the PIL filed in the Patna high court to make the Falgu encroachment and pollution free, has complained that he was receiving threats from the encroachers. Read more at: Gaya DM orders probe into threat to activist - The Times of India
  15. An unusual demand of Rs 2 lakh by an insurance company in lieu of providing information to one Right to Information (RTI) activist from Bhagalpur has left the crusader in the lurch. Ajit Kumar Singh, the RTI activist, had sought information from the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India about the details of implementation of a scheme, mainly aimed at the economically weaker sections and also about the works done by the insurance behemoth under corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative of the divisional office in Bhagalpur. Read more at: Cash demand from LIC baffles activist
  16. COIMBATORE: Local Planning Authority (LPA) officials are hesitant to take action against a school building, constructed illegally on more than 40 cents of land, originally allotted for a park and children’s play area at Nethaji Nagar, Kovaipudur, claimed an RTI activist. According to S P Thiyagarajan, a promoter, in 1988, had developed four acres of land in Sundakkamuthur Village into 45 plots and allotted 40 cents for park and playground as reserve site. Read more at; LPA Silent Over School on Reserve Site: Activist - The New Indian Express
  17. Hello, I am a disabled person. I need a human rights activist in Jaipur to guide me in human rights violations Thank you
  18. As reported at indianexpress.com on Apr 10 2011 Pune : Real estate professional Arvind Kaushal, 40, who had filed an RTI application on a construction work in Kharadi, was allegedly assaulted by two unidentified men on Friday evening. He has alleged in his police complaint that he was attacked at the behest of a person linked to the group that was doing the construction work, which was stopped by the Pune Municipal Corporation after his RTI application. Kaushal, who suffered injuries on his back, head and nose in the attack, has been admitted to a private hospital in Yerawada. The complaint was registered with Yerawada police. The incident took place when Kaushal along with his brother Major (retd) Lalit Kaushal stepped out of his Kalyaninagar office. Kaushal had filed the RTI query with the PMC’s building permission department about three months ago. The query related to construction of some shops in the Ganga Constella project by Goel-Raisoni Associates in Kharadi. “Based on the information that he got from the PMC, he had once again contacted the officials. Subsequently, the PMC issued a stop work notice and Goel-Raisoni Associates had stopped the work immediately,” his brother said. PMC officials could not be contacted for comments despite efforts. Kaushal had recently filed another RTI query on alleged irregularities in construction of some residential buildings. “The PMC was in the process of issuing a show cause notice to Goel-Raisoni Associates,” the brother added. Sub inspector Suresh Gholap of Yerawada police said, “Kaushal says the attack was in retaliation to his RTI query. We have registered a complaint against two unidentified persons under Section 326 of the Indian Penal Code for voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means. We have also detained a person for inquiry.” Anuj Goel of Goel-Raisoni Associates said, “There is absolutely no element of truth in the allegation. The person he is talking about does not work with our company now. If he thinks that person is linked to us, why hasn’t he named us in the complaint? The work has been stopped not because of RTI query. We are reviving the plan.”
  19. SHILLONG: An RTI activist of the State has claimed that pressure groups do not have the right to interfere in matters concerning the traditional bodies like the Hima and Syiemship. “As per our customary practices, the pressure groups or NGOs have no right to interfere in matters concerning the traditional institutions. I am surprised that the KHADC is entertaining complaints made by the pressure groups, which is totally against our traditional customs,” said Dispersing Rani, an RTI activist, while taking to newsmen here on Thursday. Rani said it was a gross mistake on the part of the KHADC to lend ears to the complaints made by the pressure groups. Read more at KHADC should not lend ears to NGOs, says RTI activist | The Shillong Times
  20. INDORE: Pulling up state government and police for allegedly harassing RTI activist Rajendra K Gupta by registering false cases, Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh high court (MPHC) on Monday stayed hearing in cases filed against him, directing police to provide him police security. Read at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/indore/State-cops-pulled-up-for-harassing-activist/articleshow/47245751.cms
  21. BENGALURU: Public Information Officers of government departments are getting away without paying any penalty for not disclosing information sought by the public under the RTI Act. At an interactive meet on RTI here on Friday, activists said this was happening despite the orders issued by the State Information Commission. Participants spoke up strongly on the issue in front of the State Chief Information Commissioner (SCIC) A K M Naik and former SCIC K K Misra during a round-table discussion organised by Coalition Against Corruption (CAC), a network of six-Bengaluru-based organisations, to assess the performance of the SIC. Read at: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/bengaluru/PIOs-Not-Paying-Penalty-RTI-Activists/2015/05/09/article2805214.ece
  22. Miffed over her series of queries, a village panchayat in Kerala has appealed to the state information commission to declare an RTI activist a public nuisance. The Pallichkal village panchayt had. earlier, passed a resolution against social activist V V Vijitha, who had rushed 35 RTI pleas to the panchayat office in a year. Read at: Kerala panchayat wants an RTI activist to be declared a public nuisance | The Indian Express
  23. MUMBAI: The police will provide protection to over a dozen RTI activists. Those who attend court for cases and whose RTI pleas are being considered in courts will be given priority, said a senior IPS officer. "It's a precautionary measure. We have identified over a dozen RTI activists but don't want to disclose their identity. There should not be any threat to them and hence, protection to them has been decided," said the officer. Read at: Police to give protection to RTI activists - The Times of India
  24. MANOJ B. PATEL

    RTI activist threatened for Rs 10 lakh

    NAGPUR: Mukesh Sahu, a Right to information (RTI) activist, approached Kalamna police after being threatened for Rs 10 lakh on Saturday. The accused, identified as Ajay Thakur, has been booked for extortion by Kalamna police. Sahu stated that he was taken by surprise after returning to office where Thakur, in his late 30s, had been waiting for him. Thakur started demanding money stating that he will return it soon which Sahu should pay for his security. Sahu stated that the entire episode is captured on closed circuit television installed at his office.Read more at; Man demands ransom from RTI activist, booked in Nagpur - The Times of India
  25. When an RTI activist tried to dig some information on what seemed like an illegal construction work in Gurgaon, he was in for some surprise. Sachin Gaur (RTI activist) was not only not allowed to check the records of the place, he was manhandled by some 8-10 goons and also booked in the Sector 4 police station for simply exercising his democratic right of asking certain questions.When recently Gaur read an article in an English daily about a 'ghost construction,' going on in the Sector 4 near HUDA District Ayurvedic office, he was intrigued. The English daily was calling it a ghost construction, since no one (either HUDA or MCG) was taking responsibility of the construction. Gaur, being an activist filed three RTI's and he received one reply from the CMO office. The application gave him the right to go and check the illegal construction file.- See more at: error page more at: RTI activist manhandled in Gurgaon: He was looking into illegal construction in Sector 4
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