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  1. As reported at ptinews.com on 31 July, 2009 New Delhi, Jul 31 (PTI) The Central Information Commission has ruled that political parties are not covered under the Right to Information Act. Dismissing a petition of an RTI applicant, the CIC said political parties could not be covered under the Act just because they are provided government subsidies like premises at prime locations and free airtime for media broadcast during elections among others. "Even under Section 2 (h) (of the RTI Act) simply concessions provided to any private agency by Government cannot be construed as that agency being owned, controlled or substantially financed directly or indirectly by funds provided by Government," Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said while rejecting a petition filed by RTI applicant Balwant Singh Khera. Khera who hails from Hoshiarpur in Punjab has sought some information from 12 political parties including Congress, BJP, CPI, CPM among others but did not got any answer from them. Source: fullstory
  2. HYDERABAD: In a shocking incident, a student was rusticated from his school because his father allegedly filed an RTI application. When the six-year-old boy's father raised questions related to the facilities and fee structure in the school through an RTI petition, the school allegedly handed over the transfer certificate of the boy to the father insteadof providing the information.Read at: http://m.timesofindia.com/City/Hyderabad/School-rusticates-student-after-father-files-RTI-plea/articleshow/47547420.cms
  3. Netaji kin demand end to secret files Reported by Subhro Niyogi in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Nov 24, 2012 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Netaji-kin-demand-end-to-secret-files/articleshow/17344623.cms KOLKATA: Around 30 members of Subhas Chandra Bose's extended family will meet on Sunday to demand declassification of all files on Netaji. While no one doubts that Bose is dead by now - almost 67 years after his disappearance from Taihoku in present day Taiwan - an inquiry commission and many researchers have found enough evidence to question the theory that he had died in a plane crash. "Time has come for the Indian government to lift the veil of secrecy over Netaji's disappearance. Though it has been a long-standing demand of the family, the Centre has opposed it citing the sensitive nature of the information, whose public disclosure may lead to a serious law and order problem. This stand is untenable. Now, a new book on Netaji has thrown fresh light on the mystery and rekindled our demand," said Chitra Ghosh, the youngest daughter of Netaji's elder brother Sarat Chandra. Ghosh was referring to India's Biggest Cover-up, the latest book on the subject by Anuj Dhar, a key member of Mission Netaji, a Delhi-based NGO that has been researching on Netaji's disappearance for over a decade. The book contains many startling revelations, exposing top-secret documents and photographs that prove the existence of Bose till at least 1985. The book also points a finger at top politicians, bureaucrats and the Indian Intelligence Bureau, which allegedly tried to suppress the truth. According to the author, who has been unable to gain access to all files because several ministries, including the PMO, refused to make public the documents, the issue was not about the history and Netaji's life but about the mystery over his death. "If we had made as much effort to push for the truth about Netaji as we have done in Jessica Lall, Rizwanur Rehman or Arushi Talwar cases, the truth would have been out. This is the fittest case for trial by media for the government will not declassify the files unless there is pressure," said Dhar, who has published 220 images of rare documents, 90 of which are still classified, in the book. Though there is no count on the number of secret documents on Bose that is with various government departments, the PMO, while replying to an RTI query, had recently declared that it had 33 classified files, seven of which were top secret and three confidential. At Sunday's meeting, Bose's family members will get together with Dhar to demand a line of action to resolve the Netaji mystery in national interest, suggesting, among other things, replication of the JFK Records Act. In 1994, the US cleared the air about John F Kennedy's assassination by declassifying the records. They will also consider requesting chief ministerMamata Banerjee to make the demand to the Centre. "Not just the family members, every one of India wants to know what had happened to Netaji. We want the truth to come out so that the chapter can be closed once and for all," said Abhijit Ray, son of Mira Ray, the eldest daughter of Sarat Chandra Bose.While conspiracy theories about the deaths of Shyamaprasad Mukherjee, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi have petered out, it is only the mystery over Netaji that has endured the test of time. "There was something about the man that has kept people's interest in him alive. Unless there is pressure, government will sit on the files," said Dhar, adding that the country should reject a selective release of documents and press for everything on the national hero. Contrary to popular perception, the Bose mystery did not sprout from Bengal. The nomenclature itself was coined by a British military intelligence officer, and the first person claiming to have seen Netaji after his reported death was an American journalist embedded with the US army. A declassified April 1946 note summarizing the findings of the British inquiries into Netaji's reported death 7 months earlier concluded that it was "clear" that he was "trying to make a getaway to Russia"; his men were concealing information and Russian diplomats were speaking about his presence in their country.
  4. Mumbai: In reply to a query under the Right to Information Act (RTI), the National Commission for Women (NCW) has informed that files containing 1,000 pages in a complaint of sexual harassment have gone missing. This is the second time that documents have gone missing. Read at: Sexual harassment complaint files have gone missing: NCW - The Times of India
  5. Indore : RTI activist Dr Anand Rai lodged a complaint with the Admission and Fees Regulatory Committee (AFRC) against Index Medical College for giving admissions to ineligible students under the NRI quota in 2012-13 and 2013-14 sessions.In his complaint, Dr Rai stated that he received the list of students as a reply of RTI in DAVV.“The students, who get admission under the NRI quota, are not Non-Residential Indians’ and they do not have any blood relations with NRIs. The college gave admission to these students on the basis of their Class XII results, and some of them even got less than 50% marks,” Dr Rai stated in his complaints.- See more at: Rai files complaint with AFRC | Free Press Journal
  6. HYDERABAD: A Right to Information (RTI) query by an activist against an engineering college has led to a backlash against his sister, who is being denied permission to write her examination. Read at: College stops girl from writing exam after brother files RTI query - The Times of India
  7. This article has been posted at our #LawSegment . To read the full article follow this link: Filing of FIR is no solution to missing files and to subscribe to our daily mailer follow this link http://rti.cc/newsletter. When PIO looses certain records CIC has directed the authorities to come up with policy and action* in alternative. Filing of FIR is no solution to missing files. When What will be alternative*plan*?*Who*will*be*responsible*for*keeping*record*?*What action*will*be*initiated*to*fix*responsibility*and*consequences*thereof*? In what appears to be deviation…Read more › The law segment is available here RTI INDIA - Invoking Your Rights Read the complete article here...
  8. The State Information Commission in Bangalore was left flabbergasted after a suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist named in several cases, including the 2008 Delhi serial blasts, was brought in as an RTI applicant. Read at: Terror suspect in city jail files RTI plea, taken to Bangalore - Mumbai Mirror
  9. Charges against CMD: FACT files go missing KOCHI: Some of the files regarding the cost of renovating the bungalow of Jaiveer Srivastava, the chairman and managing director (CMD) of Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Ltd (FACT), are not traceable, states a reply from FACT following an RTI query. The reply assumes significance as Srivastava is currently facing allegations of fund misappropriation. The company secretary's reply to the RTI query states that expenditure details of only Rs 64 lakh is available with the company. Files regarding further expenditure could not be traced, said the company secretary who is also the information officer. Following allegations that the CMD had spent around Rs 1. 5 crore for renovating his official residence, the CBI has been probing the matter. "Some renovation/repair was made on the quarters of CMD recently and the total expenditure incurred is Rs 64.63 lakh. It may please be noted that the details of previous repair and maintenance done to the official quarters of the CMD is not traceable from the records available with the company," the reply by company secretary K V Balakrishnan stated. After receiving the RTI reply, K Premnath, president of VOICE, an NGO based in Kochi, submitted an application to the appellate authority challenging the reply. "Director (finance) of FACT, who is the appellate authority, gave me the same reply. In his reply, he also informed that I can inspect the files. I will inspect the files soon," Premnath said. "Our organization fights corruption. It was following allegations that the CMD had spent a huge amount on renovating his official residence that we filed the RTI application," he said. "Last year, the central information commissioner had ordered that officials concerned should be held responsible if files in his or her custody go missing," he said. When TOI contacted Balakrishnan over phone, he said that he had forwarded the reply received from officials of the concerned departments. "I don't remember the exact reply I gave. Whatever reply I gave, it must have been what I received from the heads of departments concerned," Balakrishnan said. As per the RTI reply, 97 LED bulbs were bought for the living room at a cost of Rs 1.64 lakh. Another 120 LED bulbs were bought for the remaining rooms. For the kitchen furniture alone, Rs 4,68,466 was spent. The amount excluded home appliances. Last week, CBI inspected the offices of various top officials of FACT. They were also questioned. The CBI first raided the office of CMD on December 21 last year while conducting investigations into an alleged misappropriation of funds. It was alleged that the CMD had spent Rs 1.5 crore for renovating his official residence and another Rs 50 lakh for renovating the office. CBI officials had also said there were nine major charges against Srivastava. Srivastava, however, has denied the charges. Read More: Charges against CMD: FACT files go missing - The Times of India
  10. karira has just uploaded File FIR for files which go missing after RTI application! The Bombay High Court has directed the Urban Development department of Maharashtra Govt. to file a FIR for missing files
  11. The Prime Minister has no power to declassify secret files relating to the mysterious disappearance of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the Prime Minister’s Office said in an RTI reply. “There are no mentions in Manual of Office Procedure or Public Records Rules, 1997, regarding any discretionary power vested in PM to de-classify records,” the PMO said. Read more at: PM can’t declassify Netaji files: PMO says in RTI reply | The Indian Express
  12. Dear Members/Viewers, If you had gathered evidence regarding issues corruption & followed up complaints at CVC for penal action, hold your breath! There are LONG hands to hide your complaint & that may be untraceable! I had gathered evidence through series of RTI regarding issues of corruption in a PA. That took years till CIC level, following inspections. I complained at CVC & waited to receive good news. I filed RTI to CVC to know the status of my online complaint. The following reply stunned me I will definitely pursue the matter with all arguments including Delhi HC judgement (UNION OF INDIA Vs VISHWAS BHAMBURKAR). Though i will follow up with another RTI to the CVC, i need more suggestions from dear members. Regards R K Mishra.
  13. Glenn

    representation

    can i represent a citizen before a public authority? The PIO advised me that i could only be authorised to hand over documents or collect documents but not scrutinise or inspect files. The Goa State Chief Information Commissioner agreed with the PIO and suggested that i file the application myself Are there any decisions by CIC SIC on the matter
  14. Can Any Body Tell: (1) To Inspect The Files At Cpio, Can We Take Our Advisers While Going To Inspect. (2) Can We Authorise Any Body To Inspect Insted Of Us. Please Tell. Rakatkam.
  15. RTI pushes Sebi to hand over files in IndiaBulls case Smita Deshmukh Thursday, October 11, 2007 07:22 IST Central Information Commission order forces regulator move MUMBAI: The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) will soon issue an order relating to the handing over of files that deal with a ban imposed on Indiabulls Securities in April 27, 2006 by the capital market regulator, and its immediate withdrawal within 24 hours. This follows an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act by YP Singh, a former IPS officer. While over 200 entities were banned by the market regulator, in what has now come to be called as the IPO scam, only Indiabulls was let scot-free the next day. The scam related to the connivance of broking entities and some others to corner large chunks of the retail portion of IPOs, using fictitious accounts. While agreeing to furnish all documents from Sebi’s side within a week, an official with the market regulator said that an order would be issued only after Indiabulls files its written objections to parting with its clients’ personal information. Singh and Indiabulls representatives were heard by VK Chopra from Sebi’s appellate authority, following an order from the Central Information Commission. Singh told DNA Money, “The disclosure of information is in the interest of lakhs of investors who have risked their life’s savings with Indiabulls. It will bring further accountability of public servants.” RTI activist Kewal Semlani, who argued on behalf of Singh, said, “There is a need to know what happened within those 18 hours to revoke the suspension. The need of overwhelming transparency and large public interest justifies parting with such information,” he added. It all began in February this year when the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of Sebi, RK Nair, refused to grant information to Singh’s application, stating that investigations were still underway. Singh filed an appeal with Chopra, who upheld the CPIO argument. Following this, Singh appealed before the Central Information Commission last month. Indiabulls responded by objecting that disclosure of such information would seriously damage its functioning and reputation. Singh argues that the entire episode of imposing the ban and lifting it in the same breath, smacked of favouritism, producing newspaper clippings which reported how “high level interventions made the public authority change its position within 24 hours,” In its order, the Central Information Commission asked Sebi to examine the case by calling all parties involved and summoning all records. Meantime, rankled by the series of security checks he was subjected to before arriving for the hearing at the Sebi premises in Bandra-Kurla Complex, RTI activist Semlani observed: “Sebi is a watchdog to safeguard investors, but its own premises is totally inaccessible to them.” DNA - Money - RTI pushes Sebi to hand over files in IndiaBulls case - Daily News & Analysis
  16. The CIC has allowed partial disclosure of correspondence and notings of files pertaining to the recall of Harish K Dogra, erstwhile High Commissioner of India to New Zealand. Information Commissioner O P Kejariwal, after going through the relevant files, said some of the documents can be disclosed whereas the documents which have been received in confidence from the foreign Government are protected from disclosure under Section 8(1)(f) of the RTI Act. Appellant S K Sahijpal made an application to the Ministry of External Affairs for disclosure of copies of the correspondence and notings related to Dogra's recall. The MEA refused to provide the information, taking recourse to Section 8(1)(a) and (f) of the RTI Act saying that such information is protected from disclosure as it may affect the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the country and relations with foreign states, and that the information has been received in confidence from a foreign government. On appeal against the denial of information, the CIC directed the MEA to show to it the concerned documents and explain how the case is covered under the two Sections. After perusal of files, the CIC decided some of the documents may be disclosed while others are protected and cannot be disclosed. The Commission has observed that since the disclosure pertains only to Dogra, the documents cannot be disclosed to his advocate Sahijpal. Indian Express news at : CIC allows partial disclosure of Dogra files - Yahoo! India News
  17. avinash

    Can a lawyer be present

    Hi I had asked a question under RTI regarding investments to a public sector bank. The CPIO wrote to me that since they are not "sure what information is being sought" they have asked me to come to their office for discussions. After discussions, they will give me the copies of the documents asked for. My query is whether I can request that a lawyer or a chartered accountant be present during such didscussions. Also can the reply be signed by the Chief Financial Advisor of the bank instead of the CPIO. The CPIO who is an engineer has told me that since he is not an expert at financial matters, he would like the reply to be sent by the CFA. Regards and thanks Avinash
  18. Outlook interviews Wajahat Habibullah The CIC disposed of 3,541 cases between April 2006 and February 2007 but it has a dismal record on imposing penalties. We have imposed penalties in 18 appeals, of which 12 have been paid. In most cases, a showcause notice from the CIC is adequate to make the PIOs part with information. Is Section 4(1), which says information must be indexed, adhered to? I agree there has been negligible compliance with section 4(1). We have taken up the issue and the National Informatics Centre is working on software to help disseminate information. Why do files get lost? I have just issued instructions that where files have been lost, an fir must be lodged. In some cases, we have asked departments to trace the files and fix responsibility and take action. Will information ever become transparent? This is an Act owned by the public, yet its awareness is still not widespread. The PIOs have the mandate to ensure compliance, but seem to be unaware of their duties and responsibilities. 'If Files Are Lost, Action Will Be Taken' : outlookindia.com
  19. The Imphal Free Press imphal, mar 18: In the first instance of its kind in the state, Human Rights Alert has filed a complaint with the Manipur Information Commission against the information officer, department of home, government of Manipur for failing to furnish information sought under the Right to Information, RTI Act. According to a statement issued by the Human Rights Alert, one of its programme executives had on February 9, 2007 filed an application under section 6(1) of the RTI Act with the information officer of the state home department seeking information relating to inquiries instituted by the state government under the Commission of Inquiry Act 1952 in the past three decades. It said the officer concerned has been approached repeatedly to obtain the requested information, but the officer neither allowed access to the information, nor gave any official response to the request. The statement said a complaint was accordingly filed before the Manipur Information Commission on March 13, 2007. The state information commissioner, RK Angousana has in this connection registered a complaint case and asked the officer concerned to furnish objection if any on March 26, 2007. The information sought by the HRA included, total number and particulars of inquiries instituted since 1980 by the state government, total number of inquiry reports submitted to the government and action taken thereof, total number of inquiries whose report have been submitted but not considered by the government. The HRA had also sought copies of the inquiry reports concerned by the government of Manipur along with the memorandum of action taken. Rights body files complaint under RTI Act :: KanglaOnline ~ Your Gateway
  20. Panaji, March 03: Goa BJP has filed corruption cases against six top state bureaucrats with the vigilance department in connection with the recruitment process. The cases involve departmental selection committee heads of police, archives and museum, fire, public works department, health and registration. The cases were filed under section 13 (d) of prevention of corruption act based on the documents collected from various departments under the right to information act (RTI). "Recruitment rules were bent to suit candidates of their choice and in each case, the violation is done at the behest of concerned minister," leader of opposition Manohar Parrikar alleged. He told reporters, that in certain cases, the act was in "contradiction" to supreme court guidelines which invites contempt proceedings. The complaints also alleged that recruitment to the police was done by bending mandatory rules related to age and height of the candidate. Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) is the head of the departmental selection committee. The complaints pointed to director archives, director fire and emergency services, director information and publicity, chief engineer public works department, director health and registrar's involvement in the recruitments as they are responsible for selection, Parrikar said. "During last one year, recruitments to the health department were carried out in contravention of recruitment guidelines," Parrikar said. Similarly, huge illegalities were conducted during raising Goa police's India reserve batallion, he alleged. "In one instance, height was relaxed thrice only to suit one woman candidate ... There is another instance wherein candidates who failed the test were allowed to appear again," Parrikar said pointing out to the documents. Zee News - Goa BJP files cases of corruption against top bureaucrats
  21. AHMEDABAD: Remember that Jaspal Bhatti comedy show, where a PhD student spent more than half of his research time buying groceries, booking rail tickets and mopping floors for his guide in order to get his thesis done on time? Well, that may have been reel life. But in real life too, Jigar Patel, a research scholar at Gujarat University's chemistry department, went through all of this. And his guide VK Jain insisted that Patel maintain a daily activity log sheet mentioning this non-academic work and even signed it. A year into his research, a frustrated Patel has filed an application under the Right to Information Act, seeking answers from the university on whether mopping lab floors, repairing electrical equipment, booking tickets for his guide formed part of his research topic — 'Calix Pyroles and Its Applications'. Patel claims in his application that he was asked by Jain to do odd jobs like repairing his scooter’s flat tyre and depositing cheques. Patel has submitted a copy of the log book. An entry in Patel's log sheet on October 16, 2005, which carries Jain's signature, states, "Went to BSNL office, creation for printer work, post-office, watch shop for repairing, complex preparation of dyes and computer work." Another entry dated September 19, 2005 reads, "Printer repair, mouse change and searched for 'Jhaadu' (broom)." Similar entries appear practically every day till September this year on Patel's log sheet. "After going through my daily log sheet, no one would believe that I did complex research. I filed the RTI application to bring to the university’s notice the harassment we face from some guides. It is time students came out in the open," said Patel. Want a PhD? Look for jhadu-India-NEWS-The Times of India
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