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Jail for Aam aadmi, bail for Super Star

Jail for Aam aadmi, bail for Super Star

Jul 25,2017 , 03:51 AM IST | Hans
One is a celebrity and the other an unknown common man. Both are convicted and jailed. Common man suffers 14 days of extra-detention and celebrity is released 8 months in advance. 
Updating land records vital

Updating land records vital

Jul 18,2017 , 03:48 AM IST | Hans
During a survey, one officer asked a farm-woman: “What’s your problem, you have land and possession with farming for decades, why do you need a piece of paper?” She said: “Sir, if you have knowledge, isn’t that enough? Why are you asking for a degree?” 
Ramanuja: Father of RTI, 1000 yrs ago

Ramanuja: Father of RTI, 1000 yrs ago

Jul 10,2017 , 10:35 PM IST | Hans
Thousand years ago one person broke the laws of secrecy and revealed sacred mantras from top of the Gopuram to all, rebelled against caste-based hierarchical anarchy and respected non-Brahmin personalities as Gurus and Shishyas, and opened the doors  of temples for dalits and tribals. 
Legal challenges to Presidential election

Legal challenges to Presidential election

Jul 04,2017 , 03:23 AM IST | Hans
The Presidential election can also be challenged before the courts. As per the law, the challenge should be decided only by the Supreme Court, by constituting a five member bench. Almost all elections were before the Supreme Court.  The President is required to make and subscribe in the presence of the Chief Justice of India (or in his absence, the senior-most Judge of the Supreme Court), an oath
Why secrecy about note ban impact?

Why secrecy about note ban impact?

Jun 27,2017 , 04:22 AM IST | Hans
A citizen Ramswaroop sought to know under RTI: a) how many persons exchanged old notes for new notes at Pinto Park post office and also at 3 Wing Branch of post office in Air Force area in New Delhi during the period 08.11.2016 to 25.11.2016 after demonetisation; b) total amount of new currency issued for the period 08.11.2016 to 01.12.2016 from both the post offices;
When Art 21 is reduced to nullity

When Art 21 is reduced to nullity

Jun 20,2017 , 04:36 AM IST | Hans
The Constitution of India in Article 21 guaranteed right to life and personal liberty. The Supreme Court said if the government caused wrongful detention it is liable to pay compensation to that citizen. But the government has no such policy. 
ESIC lets its patients get robbed

ESIC lets its patients get robbed

Jun 06,2017 , 03:14 AM IST | Hans
A vigilant citizen Pawan Saraswat has raised serious issues regarding inflated price of implantations for various patients whom ESIC referred to the empanelled private hospitals. He wanted information about the price of implantation of cardiac devices used by private hospitals in the patients sent by ESIC Health Centres, along with amount charged in individual cases. It was transferred to Director
Collegium opaque and dictatorial

Collegium opaque and dictatorial

May 30,2017 , 02:50 AM IST | Hans
While Justice Madan B Lokur opposed total transparency in National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC), Justice Chalemeshwar pointed out how absolute opaqueness accommodated lobbying. Justice Kurien explained how collegium was completely dictatorial. Madan Lokur said that there can be no doubt that the Government of India is a major litigant and for a Cabinet Minister to be participating (and
Accountability begins with transparency

Accountability begins with transparency

May 16,2017 , 03:07 AM IST | Opinion
A judge is an angel who should not be made accountable to anybody except to himself, but when the self-discipline is eroded and judicial officer becomes a threat to the judicial system, he ceases to be an angel and ought not escape accountability. Accountability of judiciary is as important as accountability of the executive or legislature
Where to complain against Judges?

Where to complain against Judges?

May 09,2017 , 02:47 AM IST | Opinion
Where to file complaints against Judges, and what will happen to them? This question was discussed when Subhash Chandra Agrawal, the appellant, holder of Guinness World Record in publishing the highest number of “Letters to the Editor” on socio-political issues, filed a request (1) “take action against judges suspect of moral deviance: V R Krishna Iyer (ET 16.7.2013), news report from Jagran dated
Sexual harassment at workplace

Sexual harassment at workplace

May 02,2017 , 04:06 AM IST | Opinion
A woman scientist alleged sexual harassment by a senior scientist in CSIR, and filed RTI application, seeking copy of the Fact Finding Committee (FFC) report of an Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), and action taken on it, etc. The CPIO pleaded that it was only a preliminary report, and the Chief Vigilance Officer directed that a copy of this report be not furnished until the final report is sub
Losing records a serious crime

Losing records a serious crime

Apr 25,2017 , 03:53 AM IST | Opinion
The department concerned must necessarily fix the responsibility for the loss of the record and take appropriate departmental action against the officers/officials responsible for loss of the record. Registering an FIR in the cases of missing files will be an empty formality. 
Don’t compel to file fresh RTI

Don’t compel to file fresh RTI

Apr 18,2017 , 04:03 AM IST | Opinion
Labour Union leader Rathod filed an RTI application, seeking information about amount payable by establishment, date of implementation for deduction of PF, FPF and other payable amounts, amount credited in accounts of individual workers, date from which interest credited up to withdrawal, procedure withdrawals etc. 
RTI exposes a mini-Vyapam scam

RTI exposes a mini-Vyapam scam

Apr 11,2017 , 03:32 AM IST | Opinion
The very purpose of the RTI Act is to empower a citizen to question the inaction in the form of seeking information. It is clear from his applications and representations that something is seriously wrong and a kind of mini “Vyapam” scandal might have happened in the public authority. The Commission is surprised to know that no action was initiated to probe this Munnabhai filmy type of impersonati
Freedom fighters or army deserters?

Freedom fighters or army deserters?

Apr 04,2017 , 03:38 AM IST | Opinion
The Central Information Commission felt that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is under an obligation to explain the logic or reason in neglecting the members of INA led by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and rejecting them the status of freedom fighters. The Commission directed the office of MHA to provide answers
Missing files is a serious issue

Missing files is a serious issue

Mar 28,2017 , 04:19 AM IST | Opinion
Missing file’ is a more serious problem than ‘missing funds.’ Misappropriation of public funds is a crime and the investigation will necessarily take place. It is surely a crime for which a system is in place to pursue the consequences up to prosecution. 
False info fatal to elected leaders

False info fatal to elected leaders

Mar 21,2017 , 03:34 AM IST | Opinion
A division bench of Supreme Court rendered a landmark judgment in 2016, holding that legislators would lose their membership if their educational claims proved false. The leaders should remember that though educational qualifications were not needed for contesting an election, they have a duty not to falsely claim the degrees.
Throw light on plot to kill Gandhi

Throw light on plot to kill Gandhi

Mar 14,2017 , 04:38 AM IST | Opinion
RTI requests regarding information about prosecution and punishment of accused in assassination of Gandhi have raised various points: 
What happened to the three accused of Gandhi murder?

What happened to the three accused of Gandhi murder?

Mar 07,2017 , 04:30 AM IST | Opinion
Hemantha Panda filed an RTI application, seeking a copy of FIR No 68/48 dated 30.1.1948, a copy of final charge-sheet issued by the Delhi Police, and a copy of the order to execute the accused Nathuram Godse in the case of assassination of the Father of Nation Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. He claimed that he is a researcher and interested in studying the records pertaining to the assassination of Ma
Nathuram Godse’s right to write vs public order

Nathuram Godse’s right to write vs public order

Feb 28,2017 , 04:16 AM IST | Opinion
An RTI request for a copy of the statement of Nathuram Godse, the killer of Mahatma Gandhi, made during the trial has necessitated examining whether disclosure would cause disturbance to public order; can there be a reasonable restriction on their freedom of speech and expression, and whether this more than 20-year-old information could be disclosed under Section 8(1)(a) of RTI Act?  
Right to know why Godse killed Mahatma Gandhi

Right to know why Godse killed Mahatma Gandhi

Feb 21,2017 , 04:12 AM IST | Opinion
A Bansal has filed an RTI application before Additional DCP, New Delhi, seeking details of persons and organisation responsible for assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1948, along with copy of charge-sheet issued against accused Nathuram Godse and copy of statement given by him in court during trial, etc. Jatin Narwal, CPIO/Addl DCP,
Lame excuses for denying RTI

Lame excuses for denying RTI

Feb 14,2017 , 04:11 AM IST | Opinion
The Delhi University has left the RTI to Registrar and clerks who simply deny information to hundreds of applicants on silly technical grounds and have audacity to spend lakhs of public money for collecting Rs 10 fee though IPO for Rs 10 is submitted. 
Taking refuge in confidentiality

Taking refuge in confidentiality

Feb 07,2017 , 03:23 AM IST | Opinion
An advocate sought information about foreign tours of the members of Bar Council of India (BCI) Committees, their purpose etc, how many law colleges were recognised based on inspection done by BCI Member Vijay Bhatt in the state of Uttarakhand, and the amount paid from January 2009 to December 2015 to Vijay Bhatt for the inspections, etc. 
National anthem & national song placed on same pedestal

National anthem & national song placed on same pedestal

Jan 31,2017 , 03:32 AM IST | Opinion
There was a competition between Jana Gana Mana and Vande Mataram for classification as national anthem. Many texts are being circulated in the social media creating doubts and controversies like Jana Gana Mana was originally sung in praise of George V or that it was adjudged the best national anthem in the world recently etc. 
Know about our National Anthem

Know about our National Anthem

Jan 24,2017 , 03:58 AM IST | Opinion
This is the story of request for information about national anthem. Surprisingly, the Prime Minister’s Office ignores this aspect and Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) say they have nothing to do with national anthem. How Vishwa Kavi, Noble Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore’s patriotic song ‘Jana Gana Mana’ became a national anthem was the simple demand under RTI Act.
Degree info belongs to public domain

Degree info belongs to public domain

Jan 17,2017 , 04:26 AM IST | Opinion
Not only in India, in most of the democratic countries where the freedom of information legislations are being implemented, the degree-related information of the candidates is in public domain. The information is not treated as personal or third party information.  The universities are giving such information, in general, except in some special cases. 
Educational info in public domain

Educational info in public domain

Jan 10,2017 , 03:10 AM IST | Opinion
The universities and educational institutions repeatedly refuse the degree-related information on the ground that it is third party information and that the information was with them in fiduciary capacity. (In the previous article it was explained how degree-related information was not personal)
Is degree personal information?

Is degree personal information?

Jan 03,2017 , 04:11 AM IST | Opinion
Any degree holder claims that he passed BA or MA or that he did PhD. The candidates explain their qualifications and ranks along with experience in their bio-data or CV, attached with the application for job or higher studies. 
Can RTI be denied on basis of citizenship?

Can RTI be denied on basis of citizenship?

Dec 20,2016 , 04:16 AM IST | Opinion
Mr Dewa Tashi, a Tibetian by origin an employee of the Central School for Tibetans. He was appointed by the Central Tibetan Schools Administration. He filed RTI request seeking confirmation letter, children’s education allowance, all India LTC benefit, to which he is entitled to as per the terms of Memorandum.
Denial of ACR breaches Article 14

Denial of ACR breaches Article 14

Dec 06,2016 , 04:00 AM IST | Opinion
The Annual Confidential Report (ACR) system is an old system started in the 1940s but is still used in the public sector organizations of many middle- and low-income countries (MLICs) such as India, Swaziland (Africa), and Sri Lanka.