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As reported at indianexpress.com on Aug 12 2010 Chandigarh : Denial of permission by Panjab University to ‘take support’ of two other persons while arguing his RTI appeal has left Dr Rajinder Singla no option but to file a case with the Central Information Commission, New Delhi. PU appellate authority-cum-registrar Professor S S Bari allegedly asked Singla to either present his case alone or leave. The appeal filed against the public information officer-cum-deputy registrar (General) sought details of expenditure incurred by the university on the Syndicate and Senate meetings held in the last four years. The PIO had refused to part with the information on July 6 on grounds that it does not come under the purview of RTI Act. The RTI Act, however, makes it mandatory for public authorities to provide information until it is exempted from disclosure under Sections 8 or 9 of the Act. While denying information, a PIO is duty-bound to disclose with reasonable justifications the section/s under which data is being refused. “Deputy Registrar (General) Bikram Singh refused to take cognizance of the RTI application, saying the queries in the application dated June 24 do not fall under the ambit of RTI Act,” said Dr Singla, the applicant. The hearing in the case was initially fixed on July 26, which was subsequently postponed to August 11 on account of administrative reasons. According to the RTI Act and rules, both the appellant as well as the respondents are entitled to take support of others during hearings before the appellate authorities or information commissions. In the present case, the university deputy registrar was accompanied by a large number of people but the appellant was allegedly asked to remain present alone in the PU Syndicate Room where the hearing was scheduled to be conducted. “Aggrieved by the dilly-dallying tactics being adopted by the university and today’s decision of the PU registrar, I have decided to file a second appeal before the Central Information Commission, New Delhi, against the functional anarchy of Panjab University that intended to undermine the letter and spirit of the RTI Act,”added Dr Singla. In an earlier instance, Dr Singla had been allowed to bring along a person during a hearing on April 27 only after a lot of argument and discussion. Singla during that hearing had challenged the PIO to show the 46,000 pages related to the ongoing construction work on campus for which an exorbitant amount of Rs 92,000 had been demanded by the university PIO.
As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 1 November 2009 CHANDIGARH: When it comes to asking a question under Right to Information Act, be careful about what you wish to know, as you might just get the answer. A Panjab University LLM student, Varun Malik, who sought detailed replies for 19 queries including one regarding fines that hostellers had to pay over the past five years, has been asked to provide Rs 12.22 lakh as fees, because the varsity’s answers will need more than six lakh pages. Rs 2 per page is the charge that the questioner has to pay under the RTI Act. Malik alleged that the university’s move was intended to discourage him from seeking information that could cause various scams to surface. “It’s surprising that it would take so many pages to provide me the details,” he added. PU has sent two reminders to him for the payment and it has been mentioned in the letters that photocopying of the pages is almost complete. The university has also advised him to avoid using unparliamentary and threatening language while talking to its officials. Malik had asked the 19 questions on August 10 and replies were provided on September 9. However, not satisfied with the answers, he sought comprehensive information regarding all the questions. In one of their letters, PU authorities told Malik that as the kind of details sought by him could only be provided through photocopies of the relevant documents and for that, he would have to pay the requisite amount. Malik said he consented to paying Rs 2 per page for extra information at the time. However, he added that he was not told about the replies stretching into six lakh pages. He added that PU was pressuring him for the money and threatening him that they would have to take action for recovering the amount from him. Source: Earn your RTI: PU seeks Rs 12 lakh for reply - Chandigarh - City - The Times of India
As reported by Amit Sharma at timesofindia.indiatimes.com 22 September 2009 CHANDIGARH: In what appears to be an attempt at keeping up with the Joneses, Panjab University vice-chancellor RC Sobti is going to get a luxury car as his official vehicle. The VC said the university's board of finance had stated that a Toyota Corolla should be made available to him. He added, "VCs of Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjabi University, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Patiala, Himachal Pradesh University and Kurukshetra University have luxury cars. So why should it be a problem if PU VC also has such a car" Sobti said he had suggested that a Suzuki SX4 be bought as the official vehicle, but the board maintained that as the VC had to visit 188 colleges and also attend high-level meetings, he should have a car offering greater luxury. PU syndicate has accepted the proposal regarding this. Source said the car had been booked and would be delivered to PU very soon. Since the syndicate's approval, the acquisition of the automobile has become a major issue, with many saying buying the luxury vehicle would be a bad idea for the university, which is already finding it hard to manage its funds. Some RTI activists have also raised questions about the fuel that car has been consuming, which, say sources, costs Rs 20,000 per month. Sobti, however, maintained that he paid for the fuel whenever he used the official car for any personal purpose. Source: Luxury drives PU decision for VC's official car - Chandigarh - City - NEWS - The Times of India