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    Re: PIO tries to "bribe" a appelant !!!

    The following article appeared on 24th May, 2007, in Times of India. The contents prove the bias towards RTI and the attempt to intimidate the authorities enforcing RTI, by unwarranted and cheap allegations. Comments and solutions invited on handling such allegations.

    Titled : RTI regulator accused of gender bias

    New Delhi: Former regional passport officer of Delhi, Gloria Kumar, has levelled charges of “a general bias and perverted overtones” against information commissioner O P Kejariwal who had imposed a penalty of Rs 16,000 under the RTI Act.
    <!----> <!---->The provocation for such an outburst in a writ petition filed before Delhi high court was an order passed by Kejariwal in March pulling up Gloria Kumar for delaying information on extension of passport sought by a 90-year-old widow, Krishna Devi Jhalani.
    <!----> <!---->Passing strictures on Gloria Kumar, Kejariwal had said: “Could there be a more callous and apathetic attitude of a government servant towards not just a member of the public but also a statutory body like the information commissioner? It is such officers who bring a bad name to the bureaucracy and tarnish its image.”
    <!----> <!---->Denying that there was any negligence on her part (personally as opposed to that of the department), Gloria Kumar attributed the strictures and penalty to Kejariwal’s “highhandedness”. She said that during hearings in the Central Information Commission (CIC), Kejariwal “makes women officers feel in a awkward position. His manner of making observations is something which is not in tune with the ethics and manners which one, as a statutory authority, is required to show to a woman officer”.
    <!----> <!---->This is the way Gloria Kumar reconstructed a hearing that took place in December in Jhalani’s case: Kejariwal first commented on her religion saying, “Oh! So you are a Christian.” Making “uncalled for” comments on her name and surname, “he went on to ask me about my parents saying, how come you are a Christian if your mother was Christian and father was a Hindu? That means that your mother must be the dominating factor.”
    <!----> <!---->Worse, “Kejariwal also repeatedly asked me as to how often my husband visited India. He also commented on my parents and my age. His conduct was far more humiliating and reflected a general bias and perverted overtones. Seeing that he was getting into personal aspects relating to me, I very firmly told him that I have come here to make my submissions and not discuss personal matters with him”.
    <!----> <!---->Sensational as it is, Gloria Kumar’s writ petition against Kejariwal, who has earned the reputation of being the most assertive member of CIC, may help revive the bureaucracy’s attempt to dilute the RTI Act.

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    C J Karira
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    Re: PIO tries to "bribe" a appelant !!!

    All attempts by the Government or the Officers to dilute the RTI Act, in any way, should be strongly resisted.
    In fact, if anything else, the act should actually be strengthened.

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    Re: PIO tries to "bribe" a appelant !!!

    The following article as it appeared in "Hindustan Times" dated : 25th May 2007. It mirror's (shows) the tactics the bureaucrat's can use to circumvent their duties n responsibilities as a PIO.
    Comments n solutions, please.

    1) ANYBODY, any idea whether the "CIC" has the jurisdiction to order any judicial / CBI inquiry into such allegations.
    2) Is there any provision in the RTI, to have cases transferred from one SIC / IC to another ?

    Titled : TRANSFER RTI cases : ex-passport officer.
    Former regional passport officer, Delhi, Gloria Kumar has asked Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Wajahat Habibullah to transfer cases against her from the court of Information Commissioner O.E Kejriwal to any other commissioner

    The plea is part of the petition Kumar had filed in the Delhi High Court, seeking to quash the penalty imposed on her in the Krishna Devi Jalani case. Kumar was fined Rs 25,000 in one case and penalty notices were is sued in two more cases.
    Kumar urged Habibullah to protect a woman officer from the "on-going harassment" and expressed fear that she would not get "fair treatment" at the hands of Kejriwal. "A full Bench, which I have requested, be constituted at the earliest and none of my cases be put up before O.P. Kejriwal, and the cases pending be also transferred to any other information commissioner or the CIC," she requested.
    The petition to be heard on Friday also states that the penalty imposed on her was not correct because she was not responsible for the delay in giving information in the Jalani case.
    She claimed that when she had said that she could move the High Court against the penalty imposed, Kejriwal had told her the cost of litigation would be higher than the penalty amount.
    She also denied that the RTI applications submitted to her were not answered.

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    Re: PIO tries to "bribe" a appelant !!!

    Dear Mr.Karira,
    Thank you for providing a valuable judgment/decision of CIC. Here is also a very good decision by Tamil Nadu SIC on this relavent matter.

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    Re: PIO tries to "bribe" a appelant !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by karira View Post

    In addition to what you said, I sometimes wonder what happens to the conscience of such people ? Even if they are hauled up in public they continue to behave the same way. Makes me wonder if the Government recruits the wrong kind of people or is it that they do not get properly trained.
    Karira ,
    The system is like a petri dish. It makes no difference to their conscience. A malaise which is thick skinned...

    Information is the seed for an idea, and only grows when it is watered.

  6. Re: PIO tries to "bribe" a appelant !!!

    Please do not dig up old news reports and start fresh discussions on it.
    Defeat is not final when you fall down. It is final when you refuse to get up.

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