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    As reported by Jinka Nagaraju of TNN in Times of India on 3 February 2008:
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    Hyderabad: Should the names of IAS officers of the state against whom the government’s very own Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has probed charges of graft and found them guilty, be kept under wraps? Or should the names be made public? Common sense would seem to suggest that they should be put in public domain, but obviously the Government of Andhra Pradesh does not think so.

    In spite of the state information commission having passed a direction to part with the names within 30 days on the basis of a complaint filed before it by a serving IAS officer, the state government is steadfastly refusing to part with the names. The stipulated 30 days ended in October last year.

    As per rules, for each day of non-compliance of the directive, the state would be levied a fine of Rs 250 per day and the fine can go upto Rs 25,000. But the law of the land is such that the information commission has no power to proceed further in the matter except levying a fine. As per the complaint filed by the IAS officer with the commission, he had first requested the general administration department (GAD) to furnish a list of IAS officers against whom ACB conducted enquiry and recommended departmental action. However, since the GAD did not respond, the IAS officer filed a complaint with the information commission on July 25, 2007.

    In the meantime, on September 27, 2007, the officer received a letter from GAD informing him that the information sought by him could not be furnished as it is exempted under Section 8 (1) (h) and 8 (1) (j) of RTC Act. When the matter came up for hearing before the commission on September 29, 2007, the state is believed to have told the panel that the said information would be given to the complainant within two days.

    On its part, the commission had directed the state to furnish the information within 30 days of the hearing and also report its compliance to the commission. The 30-day deadline expired on October 28, 2007, but there has been no response from the state.

    The IAS officer has now requested the commission to file a contempt petition against the state besides imposing a penalty for non-compliance. However, as per indications, the government is reluctant to part with the names of corrupt IAS officers. “This will also go the way of the three-member commission that the state appointed to probe the charges of corruption levelled by then vigilance commissioner R C Samal, into the burial ground,” said an official.



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    If the Government does not budge, which appears to be the case here, I think nothing much can be done than filing a writ in the high court. Is there any other way to make the Government perform?
    Last edited by taurus; 03-02-08 at 06:22 PM. Reason: correction

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    As reported on Deccan Chronicle on the Web on 8 March 2008:
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    Hyderabad, March 7: The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday directed the state government to furnish the names of the IAS officers against whom the Anti Corruption Bureau had recommended action.

    Justice N.V. Ramana, while dealing with a petition filed by the senior bureaucrat Shafiquzzaman, said the court would pass appropriate orders if the government failed to provide the details by Tuesday.

    The court did not accept the plea of Mr Krishna Murthy, counsel for the General Administration Department, that it needed two months to provide the details.

    The judge said the Chief Information Commissioner had directed on September 29, 2007, that the government furnish the information. "Already five and a half months have passed," he said. "Now again you are asking for two more months. It is not fair."

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    Please also read the following related thread:

    http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/1559-r...ted-state.html



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