Railway officials penalised
New Delhi, September 22
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has asked some railway officials to pay Rs 20,000 as compensation for harassing a Delhi based lady doctor, who was harrased for seeking information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. She had sought information on the departmental action being initiated against a section engineer who allegedly inflicted grievous injuries on her brother.
Dr Meenu Sharma lodged a police complaint against engineer Devender Kumar Midha on April 24, 2006 for allegedly inflicting injuries on her brother. However she claimed that railway officials concerned was trying to shield their colleague.
Midha, a senior section engineer (Tracks) in Bareily, was granted bail by the court but Dr Sharma had alleged that he was evading trial proceedings after his release on bail.
The CIC Information Commissioner O P Kejarivwal in a recent order said that Dr Sharma should be compensated for the mental agony she had undergone while seeking information under RTI from the Railway Information Officer.
The CIC directed that the Rs 20,000 compensation to be paid should be recovered from those officials, who had not only harassed her but also made indecent remarks against her.
Midha had allegedly evaded trial proceedings by fleeing to Sought Africa but the railway officials concerned tried to conceal this information from the lady doctor. They also allegedly had stated that Midha had not gone to South Africa but was in Mozambique. The CIC noted that the railway officials instead of helping Dr Sharma had retaliated by using objectionable language.
“By any stretch of imagination nothing can be more objectionable for a government department,” the Commission said.
The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Delhi and neighbourhood
Re: Railway officials penalised
This is good judgment where CIC has compensated under Section 19(8)(b) of the RTI Act, 2005