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CVC rapped for not complying with RTI Act by CIC

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 2, 2006

CVC rapped for not complying with RTI Act



 Sunday, July 2, 2006 (New Delhi):

The Central Vigilance Commission has been rapped by the Central Information Commission for its “lackadaisical” implementation of the Right to Information Act.

The Commission directed the CVC to immediately furnish certain information sought by an applicant.

It also issued a show cause notice to the CVC’s director as to why a penalty should not be imposed on him for failing to comply with the provisions of the Act.

Vimal Kishor, an employee of the Patna branch of the NABARD, had filed a complaint with the CIC alleging that the CVC was refusing to furnish him information pertaining to a departmental inquiry launched against him.

According to Kishor, he filed a request under the RTI Act to the CVC Director K L Ahuja to provide him the required information to prove his innocence in the case.

File missing

However, it was alleged that Ahuja initially claimed that the file was missing and later stated that he needed concurrence of the Central Vigilance Officer of NABARD to part with the information.

But even four months after the request the CVC failed to comply, following which Kishor moved the CIC.

The CIC hold Ahuja guilty of violating the provisions of the Act by not furnishing the information within the stipulated 30 days.

It directed him to appear before the Commission on July 12 to show cause as to why a penalty should not be imposed on him. (PTI)


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