Officer penalised for not furnishing information under RTI Act
AS Reported in the Times of India on 12 Apr 2008

PATNA: A public information officer of Bihar's Munger district has been penalised for not furnishing certain details to a former Bihar minister under the RTI Act.

Chief Information Commissioner Justice S K Singh (retd) imposed a fine of Rs 20,750 on executive-cum-arms magistrate for not providing information to Bihar's former labour minister and RJD leader Upendra Verma, Commission sources said.
Verma had, on January 21, 2007, sought from the officer information regarding rules to keep arms.

After hearing the petition on Friday, the justice found the officer guilty of "willfully" denying information to the petitioner despite the commission's order.

Justice Singh has fixed June 26 as the next date of hearing and directed the Munger district magistrate, sub-divisional officer and the arms magistrate to appear in person at the commission office during the hearing of the case, the sources said.

When contacted, Verma said that he was satisfied with the commission's action.