Friday, June 16, 2017

RTI activist booked for ‘abusing’ Huda staffers

Times of India: Gurgaon: Friday, June 16, 2017.
A city-based RTI activist has been booked by the police for allegedly abusing employees and interfering with government work at Huda estate officer-II's office in Gurgaon on Wednesday. Harinder Dhingra has denied the charges.
Cops said an FIR was registered against Dhingra at Sadar police station on Wednesday under sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 294 (punishment for obscene act or words in public) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC, following a complaint by Mukesh Kumar, the president of the Huda Workers' Union.
According to Kumar, Dhingra came to the estate officer-II's office on Wednesday and started behaving rudely with the data entry operator, Navin, and also threatened him.
When Navin, along with Rajkumar, a peon, took Dhingra to Kumar, he tried to calm him down. "I asked him why he was angry and he told me about certain irregularities in the e-auction process by employees of Huda," Kumar said in his complaint.
When Kumar asked Dhingra for some proof to substantiate the allegations, the latter got agitated and started screaming and threatening all the three Huda employees. "You don't know who I am. Big officers shudder at my name, I will teach you how to do your jobs," Kumar quoted Dhingra as saying, in his complaint to the police. Kumar also said that the entire office was witness to the incident, along with two visitors.
However, Dhingra has denied the charges.
"I have filed a PIL in the Punjab and Haryana high court regarding e-allocation of Huda plots in the city. When I had gone to the Huda office to enquire why two plots were not put on e-auction, I was asked for facilitation money by junior employees," he told TOI.
A senior Huda official said there is no truth in the allegations. "Huda conducts e-auctions at regular intervals to auction plots which are free from litigation. We have to monetise our property to raise funds and the plots are selected for auction randomly," the official said.