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PIO Sends a staff to my house

Shree Vathsan

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Shree Vathsan

The person in the article below is me. I had a corporation official visit my house with the RTI and asking for my whereabouts. However the PIO has sent a reply on 8/5/19  stating that AE Div 170 is the person responsible for inspecting the banners on the particular stretch. It is after finalising this reply that I had got a call from AE Div 170 on 8/5/19 evening and a person visited my house on 9/5/19. The reply sent by PIO dated 8/5/19 was received on 11/5/19.

Further The AE has stated that he has inspected the stretch and removed illegal banners immediately. However I have material evidence that the banners remained in the same place from afternoon till late night. Only the persons who kept the banner had removed them. So can I penalise the PIO for providing false and incorrect information. 


Indian Express Report -Banner RTI Visit.jpg

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Prasad GLN

Please think practically.  There is no proof as to when the banners were displayed and PIO may state that the banners were displayed after his visit.  You may be seeing in all Chennai streets, whenever some police officer visits, the shops on footpath shifts immediately and after their exit, they come back and settle at their original places.

The query  So can I penalize the PIO for providing false and incorrect information. appears as immature to me.

Please go through Sec.19 and 20 of RTI Act in Tamil.  Citizen's right is only for getting information through the application, first appeal, and the second appeal.  Citizen is not having such powers for the penalty against PIO.  You can only pray IC and as IC is a practical bureaucrat himself, understands the issue, and supports PIO and never penalize him.  Ordering penalty is rarest of the rare case and the issue is between PIO and IC and the appellant has no right to rule.

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Prasad GLN

You have such burning in your heart and certainly, you can learn more lessons out of these dilatory tactics to evade the law.  Next time take as many photographs as possible with all locations, send them through whats app to the commissioner.  After a day search those banners and send photograph after such claim.  Removing banner is a different thing, but taking action is the law.  Insist and demand what action was taken for the erection of such banners illegally.  For example, someone was caught while pickpocketing and that pickpocket returned the purse, can you say that there is no crime involved as money was returned.  NO...Some action has to be taken for persistent violations.  Next time prepare the complaint pucca and do not give scope for such evasive replies from MC.

The next time file a PIL direct to HC.  I know that your MADRAS HC is serious about these violations and came strong on such violations at Madhurai and other places.

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