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APPEAL: RTI Activists appeal to President of India

Posted by rtiact2005 on October 14, 2006

APPEAL: RTI Activists appeal to President of India

Comment: Senior social activist and Magsaysay Awardee 2002 Dr Sandeep 
Pandey wrote a letter to President of India yesterday on October 13, 
2006. 6 RTI Activists were arrested last night on 13th October outside 
Vigyan Bhawan, despite of President's assurance. Sandeep on behalf of 
countless people of the country who want an effective RTI in place, has 
made an appeal to President to intervene to save the situation. We condemn 
the highhanded manner of not only the police but also the way National 
RTI Convention is being held in Delhi.

Dated: 13th October, 2006

To:    Honourable Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
       President of India

  Respected Dr. Abdul Kalam Sahab, 

  I was there at the inaugural of the National Convention on RTI which 
you inaugurated today earlier in the evening. 

  Some activist friends of mine stood up peacefully after your speech 
with the banners ‘Sack CIC, Save RTI’ and ‘President, allow us 2 minutes 
to speak’. You graciously allowed us to send you an e-mail and promised 
us an appointment to convey our views. 6 activsts friends of mine 
(Manish Sisodia , Rekha, Rajeev, Javed, Ritu, Santosh)  were arrested by the 
police when they came out of the Vigyan Bhawan and have been taken to 
Tughlak Road Police Station. I and my other activists friends who have 
not been arrested condemn this action. We are being penalized for our 
action based on Freedom of Speech which we performed in the least 
disruptive manner without any slogan shouting or attempt to disrupt the 

  The police action is a blot on the RTI convention and we will 
continue to protest if the Central Information Commission or the Government 
will act in such a highhanded manner.

  I hope you’ll intervene to save the situation.

  Thank You,

  Sandeep Pandey
  A-893, Indira Nagar, Lucknow-226016, U.P.
  Telephone: 0522-2347365, Mobile: 9415022772, 9312348900 (Delhi)
  Email: ashaashram@yahoo.com

One Response to “APPEAL: RTI Activists appeal to President of India”

  1. Annollush said

    winsome answers i like it

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