Monday, January 30, 2017

Plea in SHRC over denial of RTI reply

Times of India: Thiruvananthapuram: Monday, January 30, 2017.
Alleging that the vigilance department has denied information sought under Right to Information (RTI) Act, a social activist has approached the state human rights commission.
According to the complainant P K Raju, the information officer of the vigilance department has not replied to the application submitted by him even after 55 days. "When I approached the information officer he said that the previous government had issued an order stating that it was not necessary to provide the details under RTI from the vigilance department as it comes under the top secret category,'' said Raju.
The petitioner had sought the details of the action taken by the vigilance against former scheduled caste and scheduled tribe minister P K Jayalekhsmi.
The UDF government had passed the order, which invited severe criticism from the CPM-led opposition. However, even after the LDF government came to power, the order was not reversed.The then opposition leader V S Achuthanandan had come out strongly against the decision of the UDF government when he was denied information by the vigilance department.
Raju had filed a complaint with the vigilance on November 2016 with details pertaining to misappropriation of fund under the department of the former minister.
"However there was no development after the complaint was registered. The vigilance is not ready to provide the details regarding the status of the complaint or any follow ups on the same. I want to know whether the department filed any FIR or launched any preliminary inquiry into the complaint,'' he said.