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As reported at sify.com on 10 July, 2010 At least 1,375 murder cases here are yet to be solved by Delhi Police, and almost half of them are over five years old, a right to information (RTI) activist has said. In their reply to RTI applicant Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, police said 644 of the 1,375 unsolved murder cases took place more than five years ago. 'The number of unsolved cases is definitely much higher than 1,375 (because) some police stations denied providing details stating that it's a time-consuming procedure. Some gave confused details,' said Bhattacharya, who filed the RTI application to the home ministry in March. 'When media creates a hype on some high-profile cases, the cops start investigating them while thousands of other cases are left ignored,' he said. As a result, families of thousands of victims are waiting for justice, he said. One such unsolved case is that of 22-year-old BPO executive who was found strangled to death at her home in south Delhi's Gautam Nagar neighbourhood Sep 9, 2008. The victim's father, who works with a bank and travels to the capital every month from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh, hopes that the Defence Colony police will arrest the culprit who murdered his daughter. The unsolved cases also include the mysterious death of 41-year-old former soldier Janeshwar Sharma, who worked for industrialist Anil Nanda. The victim was admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital June 9 with 80 percent burns and died June 15. The brother of the deceased is waiting to know who killed his brother. Statistics provided to Bhattacharya show that the areas of Rohini, Alipur, Narela, Sultanpuri and Bawana have the highest number of unsolved cases. Of the 336 unsolved murder cases in outer Delhi district, 246 cases are more than five years old. In northeast district, there are more than 300 unsolved cases. In southeast district, there are 161 unsolved murder cases.
As reported by Sumit Pande and Marya Shakil at ibnlive.in.com on 07 August 2009 New Delhi: During election time, politicians lived on promises, built castles in the air. After the polls when the MPs have trooped over to Parliament, the Lok Sabha Secretariat has sparked off a controversy saying Parliamentarians have no assigned role, no responsibility and not even accountability. This was stated in response not just by the Lok Sabha Secretariat but also by a few state Assemblies, to an RTI filed by a man named Dev Ashish Bhattacharya. "There is no provision either in the Constitution or the rules of procedure and conduct of business in Lok Sabha defining duties and responsibilities of members of Parliament or through which the accountability can be fixed on non-performing MPs," the Lok Sabha Secretariat's response read. Further the states of Bihar, Manipur, West Bengal, Kerala and others have responded saying: "There is no rule through which duties, responsibilities of MLAs can be fixed." The states further go on to say: "A non-performing MLA cannot be held accountable incase he fails to perform legal duties." Parliamentarians, meanwhile, are embarrassed by the opinon of the Secretariat. Congress MP Manish Tewari says, "You have to function as a responsible lawmaker. There is no rocket science in that." BJP MP Arun Jaitley adds, "MPs have a responsibility to their constituency, they have a responsibility to raise issues with their respective governments." Constitutional experts meanwhile, are with the MPs on this issue. They say the the rule book provided to MPs and also the Constitution of India talks about the responsibilities of the Parliamentarians and the legislators, and MPs have far greater accountability than an ordinary citizen of India. Constitutional Expert, Subhash Kashyap says, "Under the privileged law, if a member indulges in bringing the House to contempt, the punishment for him has to be more severe than available to ordinary citizens. The question is: why did the Lok Sabha and the state Assemblies respond to the RTI application saying there is no accountability? There cannot be a bigger accountability than that to the people and every five years the MPs face voters with their report cards. (With inputs from Marya Shakil in New Delhi) Source: MPs have no defined roles: LS Secretariat
Atul Patankar posted a topic in RTI in MediaAs published by Noor Khan at www.samaylive.com on 21 April 2009 New Delhi, Apr 20 : What are the duties and responsibilities of MPs and MLAs who are elected through secret ballots after spending crores of rupees from the public exchequer? It seems that even after 59 years of becoming a Republic, the world's largest democracy lacks a specific answer to the question as three key government institutions -- Election Commission of India, Union Ministry of Law and Justice, and Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs -- have said they do not have any information on the subject and have been passing the buck among each other. Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, a Delhi based RTI activist, had asked rules or provisions that fix duties and responsibilities on MPs and MLAs. He also asked about their duties with respect to the provision of basic amenities and maintenance of law and order in their respective constituencies. Replying to the application, Election Commission, in its initial response, said it was not concerned with the information sought. Later during an appeal, the Commission accepted that the application should have been transferred to Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Ministry of Law also. The Commission then forwarded the application to both the ministries to get a reply to questions raised by Bhattacharya, but responded saying they did not have the details Source: Are MPs and MLAs accountable? EC, ministries have no info :: Samay Live