RTI activist claims threat by GLADA official As reported by Kuldip Bhatia in Tribune on dated 06 September 2011
Source :http://www.tribuneindia.com/2011/20110906/ldh1.htm#3Ludhiana, September 5
Arvind Sharma, general secretary of the Council of RTI Activists, today alleged that the assistant public information officer (APIO) of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), Shiv Kumar Gupta, had threatened him of dire consequences if he persisted with demanding information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act about employees who had sought permission from the competent authoritiews to leave station every day, twice a week or once a week.
In a complaint lodged with the Model Town police today, Sharma stated that he submitted an application under the RTI Act on August 19 with GLADA for providing information about permission granted to its employees to leave station.
According to the complainant, he received a call from the GLADA APIO from his mobile number (9855155137) around 2:55 pm today, wherein Gupta threatened him to withdraw the RTI application or else be prepared to face the consequences.
"When I asked him to elaborate, he said you will meet the same fate as that of RTI activists in some other states," Sharma maintained, pleading with the police to provide him security.
Gupta denied having threatened the RTI activist. Asked about the complaint lodged by Sharma with the police, he admitted that he called up Sharma, but the purpose was to tell him that the information sought by him under the RTI Act was ready and he could personally collect it from GLADA office if he so desired."When the information demanded by the applicant is ready, where is the need to threaten him and put pressure on him to withdraw the application," he asked.
A Right To Information (RTI) activist has alleged that the assistant public information officer of the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA), Shiv Gupta had threatened him following which he had to be hospitalised due to high blood pressure. The activist, Arvind Sharma had sought information regarding station leave of officers. Sharma has submitted a complaint in this regard at the Model town police station, but no action has been taken so far. The applicant claims to have sought the information through post and had also sent a self addressed envelope. “ The APIO, however, called and threatened to eliminate me. My concern is about the public working because a number of outstation employees come late and leave early from the offices and hence public dealing is being affected,” Sharma said.
The RTI activists’ cell has demanded the registration of a FIR against the the information officer. “ This is really a serious matter that now people seeking RTI information are being threatened. It is a first of its kind case in Ludhiana and we have informed the state information commission,” said Rohit Sabharwal, president of RTI activist cell.
Sources say the assistant information officer also comes from Chandigarh to report at the Ludhiana office.
The Additional Commissioner Administrator of GLADA, Jaswant Singh, however, defended his colleague.
“Gupta had called Sharma to take his information, but the latter said he wants it by post and our APIO agreed to the same. Nothing else happened, so I am not aware of any threat,” Jaswinder said.
Sharma in reply to Dr Singh’s comments said, “When I had sent a self addressed envelope, there is no question of calling me and asking whether I can come and take information”.
Re: RTI activist alleges threat from GLADA info official
Originally Posted by dr.s.malhotra
that is a serious matter .
write to the Chief Administrator PUDA AND the SSP of the district .
Dear Malhotra Ji
we have allraedy filed complaints with the DGP, Commissioner of Police & the Vice Chairman,
Punjab Infrastructure Development Board, Chief Administrator, Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority, Ludhiana.