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    Kanpur land-sharks intimidating RTI activist by fabricating false charges

    Kanpur land-sharks intimidating RTI activist by fabricating false charges
    AS Reported in Humjanenge

    Land-mafia in Kanpur in connivance with officials of Kanpur Development
    Authority (KDA) have slapped false fabricated charges against an
    Right-to-Information (RTI) campaign leader - Roby Sharma.

    Roby has been spearheading the RTI campaign in Kanpur since past two years
    now, exposing corruption and championing people's causes across the city.

    Roby had filed a RTI application seeking the information from the KDA and
    Fire Department officials on how many multi-storey buildings are following
    the fire-safety norms setup by them, and how many of these buildings have
    obtained a no-objection certificate from the fire department.

    Roby had further asked under the RTI Act that under which government order,
    are the private guest houses and businesses conducting commercial businesses
    in residential localities.

    Also in Panki region of Kanpur, a 'ramleela' park was allotted to build a
    private school. Roby had filed a RTI application seeking to know under which
    government order have the allotment been made.

    Due to the connivance of land-mafia with KDA officials, there are many such
    instances of illegal and unauthorized land grabbing across the city of

    KDA has not given a response to many previous RTI applications of Roby and
    the hearing of these cases are currently undergoing in State Information
    Commission (SIC) of UP.

    Also media has been colluding too! A leading city newspaper owns two major
    multiplexes - Rave three and Rave five - both of which are functioning
    without a no-objection certificate from Fire department. The bureau chief of
    this newspaper Sanjeev Mishra had threatened another acquaintance of Roby to
    'stay away from Rave' related cases. The bureau chief also threatened the
    acquaintance to get Roby arrested and 'rot in jail for rest of his life.'

    When Roby Sharma went for a hearing in the office of KDA's Secretary Hemant
    Kumar Singh, another senior KDA official Mahaveer Singh had verbally abused
    him and threatened of dire consequences if 'Roby doesn't stop seeking

    RTI Act is a much-heralded public interest constitutional policy empowering
    the citizens and bestowing them with their fundamental right to information
    in the democratic India. But rampant corruption, malpractices and nexus
    between the 'powerful' and mighty and authorities are posing a huge
    challenge to the committed RTI champions like Roby Sharma.

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    Last edited by sidmis; 16-05-08 at 09:22 PM.


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