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Bihar: Information commission raps vigilance boss


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Information commission raps vigilance boss

 

Reported by Faizan Ahmad in timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Oct 21, 2012

Information commission raps vigilance boss - The Times of India

 

PATNA: State Information Commission (SIC) has taken serious exception to the plea of vigilance department's principal secretary A K Chouhan to reconsider its order of August 9, whereby the SIC had warned him of penal action under RTI Act for denying information to a petitioner.

 

Chouhan, in a memo sent to the SIC through his department's public information officer (PIO) on Monday last, reiterated his earlier stand that the information sought by the petitioner concerned was not maintained by his department and hence could not be provided. The matter pertains to the query of a former legislator and social activist, Umadhar Singh, who had sought to know how many corruption cases were filed and disposed of by the vigilance department during the tenure of the present principal secretary, Chouhan.

 

Information commissioner Farzand Ahmed, after hearing both the PIO and the petitioner, said in his order, "The review petition filed by the department chief didn't reflect any kind of accountability and transparency in its functioning. In this era of transparency and good governance, everyone is looking at the department with great hope. But the department itself doesn't know how many corruption-related cases are filed. The information sought by the petitioner is in public interest and not related to any individual."

 

In his earlier order, Ahmed had urged the principal secretary to form a small team of officials to work on the petition and provide the information to the petitioner.

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