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    Hyderabad, Oct. 1: Chief Information Commissioner C.D. Arha has directed the State government to furnish names of IAS officers against whom it did not take action despite Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) recommendations. Responding to senior IAS officer Md. Shafiquzzaman�s complaint under the Right to Information Act, Mr Arha asked the general administration department (GAD) to submit the list of the officers within 30 days.


    The order has sent shock waves among IAS officials who were battered by the revelations of former vigilance commissioner R.C. Samal. The GAD had earlier rejected a request of Mr Shafiquzzaman, managing director of the State Warehousing Corporation, on the ground that the information was exempted under section 8(1)(h) and (j) of the RTI Act. The GAD termed the information as �classified�.


    Taking strong objection to the GAD contention, Mr Shafiquzzaman appealed to the Chief Information Commissioner and argued that the RTI Act was promulgated to check corruption and usher transparency. If ACB matters are not in the domain of the Act, the entire purpose of the Act will be defeated, he contended. The Information Commission which met on Saturday overruled the contention of the government and ordered it to furnish information about IAS officers against whom ACB recommended action was dropped. Sources in the government said that a large number of officers had been allowed to go scot-free in the last five years. The powerful IAS lobby was putting pressure on successive governments to drop action against the officers and keep it under wraps, the sources said. Talking to thins correspondent Mr Shafiquzzaman said, �People have a right to know which officer is honest and who is corrupt.�


    The Chief Information Commissioner said information has to have, as a pre-requisite, connectivity with three ingredients, namely �impede the investigation, apprehension or prosecution of the offender�, to attract section 8(1)(h) of the RTI Act. The commission pointed out information can be denied only if such denial serves the larger public interest, which is not so in the present case. �Denial of such information will seriously impair the objectives for which the legislation was promulgated,� said the commission.

    Deccan Chronicle on the web





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    As reported in timesofindia.com on 6 March 2008:
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    Govt flayed for not tabling Samal report

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    Hyderabad: TDP and BJP members staged a walkout against government’s delay in taking action on the reports of vigilance commissioner, vigilance enforcement and ACB.

    Raising the issue, TDP member Nagam Janardhan Reddy asked the government whether it had any intentions of filling the post of vigilance commissioner which had been lying vacant for the past five months. He asked the government for the delay in tabling the probe committee report that was constituted to study the allegations of corruption in government by the outgoing vigilance commissioner R C Samal.



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    As reported in timesofindia.com on 8 March 2008:
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    Produce corrupt list by Tuesday, govt told

    HC Slams Govt For Delay In Furnishing Names

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    Hyderabad: Castigating the state government for the inordinate delay in producing the names of those officers against whom it dropped corruption charges despite the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) recommending prosecution, the AP High Court on Friday gave the state time till Tuesday next to produce whatever names it can by then.

    Hearing the matter, Justice N V Ramana expressed his dissatisfaction when the the state government counsel sought two more months’ time to furnish the names. “This information has to be extracted from a separate wing in the general administration department (GAD) and hence would take more time. Since the applicant is asking for information from 2002, it takes more time,” the state contended in its affidavit.

    However, Justice Ramana did not buy the argument. “When it comes to information related to the high court, it is there just at the click of a button. In this case, you took five and half months under RTI and now, you want two more months. It appears that you are not disclosing it intentionally,” the justice said.

    The judge then ordered the government counsel to supply whatever material that is available with them readily by Tuesday. “It will reflect your intentions at least,” he said. The matter will come up for hearing on Tuesday again.

    The petition was filed by senior IAS officer Md Shafiquzzaman. The officer wanted the details of those instances where the government dropped charges against IAS officers despite recommendations from the ACB that they be prosecuted. When Shafiquzzaman failed to get this information through the right to information route, he knocked the doors of the high court seeking a direction to the secretariat higher ups to furnish him the information.

    P V Krishnaiah, counsel for the petitioner, said in all, there are about 300 IAS officers in the state. Of these, those who may be facing corruption charges from the ACB and those whom the government is trying to protect should be a very small number and hence, easy to obtain, he said.

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    As reported by TNN on timesofindia.com on 12 March 2008:
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    HC asks govt to submit details of tainted babus

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    Hyderabad: Dissatisfied with the state for having submitted only six names of IAS officers against whom corruption charges were dropped despite the Anti-Corruption Bureau recommending prosecution, the AP High Court on Tuesday directed the government to submit within two weeks the names of all such officers.

    All but two of the six have retired from service and in most of the instances, all charges were dropped by the previous N Chandrababu Naidu government. The names the state gave to the court on Tuesday were: Sunil Khatri, (1972 batch officer currently serving as joint secretary in the Union ministry of non-conventional energy); B Danam (1971 batch IAS officer, retired in 2002); Dr C Umamalleswara Rao (1988 batch conferred IAS officer, retired from service in 2005); Ch Satyanarayana, (conferred IAS officer, formerly RDO, Guntur, retired from service); MV Satyanarayana (1993 batch conferred IAS, currently posted as additional secretary, secondary school education) and A Ramalaxman (conferred IAS, formerly VC of AP Housing Board, retired in 2004). Umamalleswara Rao’s name figured twice, against the years 1994 and 1997 respectively. Justice N V Ramana of the High Court gave the directive to the state to produce all such names within two weeks while dealing with a petition filed by a senior IAS officer Md Shafiquzzaman which sought a direction to the higher ups of the AP secretariat to furnish him the list of such officers. He contended in his petition that he approached the High Court only after his efforts to get this information through the Right to Information Act were rendered futile by unwilling authorities of the secretariat. In its previous hearing, the judge had directed the state government to furnish whatever material that is available with it within two days, ie, by Tuesday.

    On Tuesday, when this matter came up for hearing, government pleader for GAD, KG Krishna Murthy gave the court a list containing the names of six officials and told the court that the concerned wing in the GAD had to put in extra efforts for two days, Saturday and Sunday, to prepare this list. And he sought more time to furnish the remaining names pertaining to the period starting from 2002 till now. Objecting to this, the counsel for the petitioner P V Krishnaiah told the court that this list was pertaining to cases dropped in a single year 2002- 2003 and added that almost all of them are now retired.The judge then asked the government counsel as to what is their difficulty in furnishing the full list when they could retrieve information pertaining to 2002. Expressing doubts over the intention of the authorities, the judge then passed an interim order directing the state to furnish the full list within two weeks.

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    It is heartening to note that through RTI some headway could be made. But the Govt has forced the info seeker to approach the High Court. That shows its resolve to drag and delay as much as possible.

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    taurus,

    On the last count there were 27 applications asking for the same list, pending with various PA's on this matter. This is only the first one to come up to the High Court.

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    The real use of RTI is against the persons who made a group to earn illegal money or dominanting others by making a group. When any such group is working in general public we have given name "Mafia". Similar group is also available in Govt and RTI is only usefull against them and they are only opposing the RTI. The formation of group in Govt is changeable. Sometime some public servant not having roll in group but sometime by making some incurement the group may caught the isolated person also.

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    Gupta sir,

    Incase a non-corrupt person is isolated, he may even get threats from these groups and superiors. Because these groups afraid of unfolding of their secreat of corrupt practices.

    rakatkam.

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