Reported by on Aug 26, 2012
Kakatiya University 'compromises' RTI activist's safety - The Times of India

HYDERABAD: A city-based RTI activist has accused Kakatiya University, Warangal, of leaking his personal information to a private college management, that he had been trying to get information about the varsity using the RTI route. He alleged that KU leaked his RTI queries to the college and he was being approached and intimidated by its representatives. The activist, M R Prashant Kumar, a software employee, lodged a complaint with the AP Information Commission on Friday demanding stringent action against the university authorities.

Prashant said, "A few months ago, I had filed an RTI application with Kakatiya University seeking information about Vagdevi College in Warangal, which is one of its affiliated colleges, to know if they were complying with the necessary guidelines. On Thursday morning, a person claiming to have been sent by the college management came to the address that I had mentioned in the RTI application. Since I was not there, he asked about my whereabouts and demanded to know why I wanted the information about the college. He also took my phone number. It is clear that university officials had shared my contact details with the private college."

He also criticised the university officials for not replying to any of the six RTI applications filed by him. "There are many colleges under KU which are running technical and non-technical courses without permission. Some private colleges have even given wrong information about their campus area only to get recognition. I just want to bring out these facts using the RTI Act," he said.

K Sailu, registrar and PIO of KU said, "There is no truth in these allegations as we don't share the details of RTI applicants with anyone. We have written to the private colleges asking them for the required information and they are delaying it. We have even sent them reminders recently."

The state information commission officials said they are yet go through the complaint.