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Will the Karnataka Information Commission be impartial on BMIC – NICE Project Info ?

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 31, 2006

Will the Karnataka Information Commission impartial on BMIC Project Info ?


This post on the right2information blog shows that it is very naive to expect an impartial Information Commission to judge cases on use of RTI Act in Karnataka.

…questions are already being raised on the appointment of the commissioner by the Dharam Singh Government: K K Misra was appointed on July 30 immediately after his retirement as chief secretary of Karnataka.

Reason: Barely four months ago, the Karnataka High Court passed strictures on Misra in the PIL related to the Rs 2,250 crore Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project.

The irony is, in its judgment delivered on May 3, the High Court directed that a complaint of perjury be filed against Misra for “knowingly withholding important facts and documents from the Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka and making false statements in the affidavits filed in this Court.’’

If the RTI application on the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (see this post for more details) were to come to the Information Commission, what is the probability that Misra will act fair? Zero.

…a person who “lies’’ to the High Court of Karnataka“cannot be called a person of eminence in public life’’ as envisaged by the RTI Act as a qualification for the post.

I wonder why is it that all the nominated posts generally go to either politicians or former bureaucrats. This is true with gubernatorial positions, ‘impartial’ commissions, chairmanship of corporations etc. It is obvious that politicians are preferred candidates for the job. But the apparent comfort level between the politicians and the bureaucrats exposes shows how deep the nexus is. I am sure that this wouldn’t have happened had civil servants been honest in general.

Each day brings another ivory tower in our democratic structure crashing down. The governors are already a disgraced lot, and now even the Election Commission is not safe (Read this post). Little surprise that a liar has been chosen as Information Commissioner.

RTI application filed for BMIC project

Pathi Vijay Kumar has filed an application for information for information regarding the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project (BMIC) being carried out by Nandi Infrastructure Corridor enterprises (NICE). Here is the list of questions asked by him. Wonder what the exact situation is. Good work!

Information on BMIC and NICE applied for.

Submitted by vijay pathi Pathi Vijay Kumar
‘Ayodhya ’, Moka Road,
Gandhinagar market,
DATE: 10.06.2006
PH: 9342365645

The Public Information Officer,
Under RTI Act 2005, Right to Information Act,
Mysore Urban Development Authority,

Dear Sir,

Sub: Request for Information under Right to Information Act 2005.
Ref: on 6th and 7th of July 06. Several developments occurred reg BMIC /NICE project.

Please refer to the above-mentioned context. I request the following information

1. Why was the Bhoomi pooja / guddali pooja of NICE / BMIC from Mysore end stopped. Please provide me the reasons.
2. When was the decision to stop the Bhoomi pooja taken?
3. Provide me the Name and designation of all officers involved in arriving at this decision.
4. Has MUDA acquired the 15 acres of Land required for this BMIC project?
5. Will MUDA handover the land to NICE.
6. When will MUDA handover this land to NICE.
7. Has MUDA received the payments of approx 85 lakhs from KIADB?
8. If no payments have been received, has MUDA made any efforts to contact KIADB and demand payments? Please let me know action taken in getting payments.

I am requesting all the above information as per rights guaranteed by the RTI Act 2005. I am enclosing a Postal order of Rs 10 /- the Fee prescribed in the Act.
As per Act rules, provide me information within 30 days.

Postal order No: Yours faithfully

Amount. Vijay kumar

Note: BMIC means Banglore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project.
NICE means Nandi Infrastructure Corridor enterprises.


3 Responses to “Will the Karnataka Information Commission be impartial on BMIC – NICE Project Info ?”


    Mr. Y K Sabharwal, Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India had recently acknowledged that there is corruption in judiciary. Only 80 percent of the judges are honest. it appears that Mr. Mishra was a victim of circumstances and he is an sinere bureaucrat unless he is proved guilty.

    Majority of the orders passed by the Karnataka Informatin Commission are in favour of information seekers. Karnataka Information Commission is the First Commission in India which ordered for disclosure of Assets & Liability declaration of public servants. But unfortunately Central Information Commission has taken a different stand on the issue. We should wage a war against the corrupt Information Commissioners appointed in the Central Information Commission as their orders are in violation of the Act itself.

    In the present case we are confident that the information sought relating to BMIC Projects will be made available if the case is property presented before the Karnataka information Commission.

  2. rtiact2005 said

    First thing is for SCIC of GOK is to recognise the Official Language of the GOK.

    He was former CS of GoK.

    If he is disregarding OFFICIAL LANGUAGE, then there should be NO PLACE for him Karnataka State.

    Even for Mr. Thippeswamy is the same thing.

    RTI Activists in Bangalore are not pressing on this issue. WHich is important for all.

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