Officer fined for delay in giving information under RTI Act

As reported in Navhind Times by Staff Reporter Panaji, March 30

The information commission has imposed a fine of Rs 10,750 on the public information officer, superintendent of police, South, Mr Shekar Prabhudesai for delay in furnishing information under the Right to Information Act.

Its order, on March 27, stated that there was a delay of 43 days which it described as willful, deliberate and malafide.

The commission comprising of the state chief information commissioner, Mr
A Venkataraman and the state information commissioner, Mr G G Kambli, also recommended disciplinary proceedings against Mr Prabhudessai for willful disobedience of orders and said that the penalty amount be recovered from the April and May salary in “equal instalments.”

This order was given in regard to a complaint filed before by a resident of Sernabatim, Mr Jowett on January 30 alleging that the orders passed by the commission on January 17 were not obeyed by the opponent.

The complainant had alleged that there was an abnormal delay in the investigation in his complaint about how his car, which was financed by ICICI Bank was attached by it and sold to a third party for non-payment of installments.

The car was also subsequently transferred out of Goa. The complainant had claimed that this was illegal and asked the police to register a case against the bank and RTO officials.