Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Notice to cop for not giving information under RTI Act

Times of India: Panchakula: Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
The state information commission, Haryana, has issued a show-cause notice to assistant commissioner of police (headquarters) here for not providing information under the RTI Act to a local resident of Sector 16 and also asked him to appear before it.
According to a complaint filed by Lalit Gupta, an advocate, Gupta in his complaint informed the commission that he had purchased a second hand Aviator from Vinod and Shiva, dealers based in Chandigarh.He alleged that the delivery was made in Panchkula through an impersonator, who posed as the original owner. Gupta further said that the papers were found fake and the dealers could not provide original papers for getting the vehicle transferred in his name. On June 20, 2016, Gupta made a complaint to the Sector 16 police post Panchkula, but to no avail.
On August 29, 2016, Gupta asked for information under the RTI Act regarding the status of his complaint and statements recorded but the cops failed to provide the same to Gupta and on October 15, 2016, he filed an appeal before the commissioner, who forwarded it to DCP, Panchkula. Following this, on November 25, 2016, the ACP provided some information to the complainant almost after 90 days. On December 1, 2016, the DCP ordered that Gupta be provided with the information but the ACP failed to do so.
Gupta then filed a second appeal on December 30, 2016, before the commission, mentioning that the ACP wilfully did not supply the information.
State information commissioner Samir Mathur in the order stated that the ACP had given the assurance that he would provide the information by May 31 to Gupta. The commission noted that there had been delay in providing information and when provided it was incomplete. Therefore, it asked the SPIO to reply to the show-cause notice by June 15 and appear before it on June 29.