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Reported by Debabrata Mohapatra in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Apr 14, 2013 ECoR staffer in soup over RTI query - The Times of India BHUBANESWAR: A railway employee has in a petition filed in the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), Cuttack, alleged that he was victimized for seeking information under RTI Act. The information relates to receipt and expenditure of money for conduct of some sports activities, organised by the East Coast Railway (ECoR) here in different years. Chief office superintendent (mechanical) of ECoR Subhendu Sekhar Kar has in his April 2 petition with CAT also alleged that he was shunted to Sambalpur because he sought information under RTI Act. ECoR denied Kar was victimized and attributed his transfer to 'routine official procedure'. "We are alert to the development. The CAT order will be followed," chief public relations officer of ECoR R N Mohapatra told TOI. In his petition, Kar said he had on December 5, 2012, sought information on sanction and expenditure of funds towards different heads in the All India Railway Athletic Championship in 2005, 2008 and 2012 and All India Railway Volleyball Championship in 2006, 2010, 2011 and 2012 held in Bhubaneswar. On April 1, he received his transfer letter and a letter saying no information would be provided to him. Challenging the transfer order, Kar moved CAT and maintained that the information he sought under RTI might have put positions of some senior officials in danger. In his petition, Kar wrote, "I suspect some office-bearers of East Coast Railway Sports Association (ECoRSA) misappropriated huge amounts by way of submitting false bills in some sports events here in comparison to the expenditure incurred in similar sports activities held at other places by the Railways." "While the feedback of some players, who were staying at Kalinga Stadium, on arrangements and provision of basic amenities by ECoRSA was adverse, huge money was shown as spent in the bills. That was the reason why they were hesitating to share the information with me," Kar said in his petition. "I was instructed by the first appellate authority (senior deputy general manager, ECoR) to refrain from activities related to RTI. Instead of giving me information within one month, I was made to run from pillar to post," Kar added in his petition. The CAT on April 8 imposed status quo on his transfer and directed him to put forth his grievance before the general manager of ECoR. "The applicant is directed to make a suitable representation by placing all the facts before the ECoR's general manager, seeking appropriate relief within a period of 10 days. Status quo in respect of the applicant shall be maintained till the representation is disposed by the concerned authority," the CAT order said.
njit posted a question in Ask for RTI SupportKind Attention of all RTI pros, 1. FAA has rejected my appeal by citing the reason that only information "related to" private body can be provided and information "held by" private body cannot be provided. 2. This decision is dated and has been sent well past the 45 days deadline. If this is upheld by CIC then it seems it will be another death knell to RTI act 2005. Please give your valuable views, opinions, suggestions. Thanks and Regards.
AMU student suspended for criticising order as reported by Staff Reporter, Published in HINDU NEW DELHI: An Aligarh Muslim University student, Md. Adil Hossain, has alleged that he has been placed under suspension for speaking out against the university' stand on the issue of homosexuality and for using the RTI Act to seek information against what he alleged “financial bungling at AMU”. A student of M.A. (Previous) Mass Communication, Adil has alleged that he has been penalised for criticising the suspension of Dr. Siras for his alleged homosexual orientation and his subsequent death. The student has alleged that the university has punished him for speaking about Dr. Siras's suspension in the media and on his blog. “Probably I am the first student in the entire country to face suspension from any educational institution for criticising the present administration on account of financial bungling as proved in the Principal Accountant General's Report on the Internet as mentioned in the suspension order,” Adil alleged. “I am also being victimised by the AMU administration as I openly lashed out against them during the controversy surrounding Dr. Siras. I am also the only student who spoke out against the Local Intelligence Unit, the official spy agency of AMU, which snoops on its students and teachers …I have filed numerous RTI application on the LIU and financial bungling at AMU and I think I am also being targeted for that,” Adil has alleged in his letter. However, AMU spokesperson Rahat Abrar said Adil has been suspended for various incidents of indiscipline including blocking the road and protesting against a power cut caused by a storm. “There was a storm and the university's power supply was disrupted. He instigated other students to stage a protest, even though there was no electricity in the entire area because of the storm.” ‘Defamatory remarks' The spokesperson said Adil also made defamatory remarks against the university when a student lost his life while trying to cross a railway track. University officials said a detailed inquiry will be conducted and Adil will be asked to appear before the committee conducting the inquiry. The Hindu : National : AMU student suspended for criticising order
Hellow everybody, I have attended to Central Information Commission,New Delhi for my appeal against the Indian Red Cross Society on last month.My wife is an employee of this organisation and has been transfered to current place only one year back.It was me only who sought some informations regarding some details about the society's activities in the past period.The Information Commissioner has made decisions to PIO for showing and providing the necessary details desired by me in due course,if needed.But to my surprise,The Director of Indian Red Cross Society,New Delhi(who is PIO as well) has issued a transfer order of my wife to a very distant place(almost 350 Kms away) from her current posting place which is simply a case of victimization for using RTI by her husband.My wife has been doing her duty with utmost compliance to her job and never been issued any dis satisfaction notice from her office or Head Quarter in her career so far. I therefore request to let me know, how I can overcome to fight against this unjustice/victimization done by Indian Red Cross Society's Head Quarter.I'ii be obliged to get response at an earliest please. Regards Tribhuwan