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Whistleblower faces threat to life, runs for cover

Sagar Suraj, Hindustan Times   October 01, 2012
First Published: 13:58 IST(1/10/2012) | Last Updated: 14:01 IST(1/10/2012)

Nagendra Jaiswal, 67, a noted RTI activist has been forced to leave the district, fearing a threat to his life.

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The pressure on him to cease his relentless pursuit of facts pertaining to alleged scam worth crores and involving the Motihari civic body, district board, DRDA, PHED and education department of the district, inreased, especially after he filed a PIL in the Patna high court recently.

"I have filed a PIL challenging the order of the state information commission authorities, which did not pay heed to my appeals in dozens of mattersand thus indirectly benefited those involved in corruption," said Jaiswal over the phone.


"The court served notices to the director general of police (DGP) and the state vigilance department. The guilty fear, that they are about to be caught and the several scams would be out in the open. That's why, many officials, who had earlier tried to cut a deal with me and failed, are now contemplating to eliminate me," he alleged.

Jaiswal claimed, he had exposed several irregularities through RTI and had sent over 1,500 applications to several departments in connection with irregularities in government schemes and developmental works in the district.

"I will remain underground till the judgment of the high court is passed and the corrupt are sent behind the bars."


When asked, whether he had informed any government official about the threat to his life, he said no top official would help him because most of them might be convicted by the court. "Evidence provided on the basis of information under the RTI is enough to fry them," he added.

So far, a fine of R2 lakh had been imposed on top officials, including a former district magistrate (DM), subdivisional officer, district supply officer and officer on duty, he said.

"The DM and other officials also tried to suppress the issue by offering me a deal," he claimed. Jaiswal has also raised issues over illegal slaughter
houses running in the city for the last 85 years without acquiring proper permission and corruption in issuance of licences for producing and
selling crackers as per the RTI.

"These cases are subjudice," he said, adding that in these cases, the officials had initially tried to mislead him with vague information.

Meanwhile, on the instruction of chief minister Nitish Kumar, the vigilance department has initiated an investigation into corruption charges against Motihari Nagar Parishad authorities.


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