Transfer RTI cases: ex-passport officer
Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 25, 2007
First Published: 02:36 IST(25/5/2007)
Last Updated: 02:41 IST(25/5/2007)
Former Regional Passport Officer, Delhi, Gloria Kumar has asked Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Wajahat Habibullah to transfer cases against her from the court of Information Commissioner OP Kejriwal to any other commissioner.
The plea is part of the petition Kumar had filed in the Delhi High Court, seeking to quash the penalty imposed on her in the Krishna Devi Jalani case. Kumar was fined Rs. 25,000 in one case and penalty notices were issued in two more cases.
Kumar urged Habibullah to protect a woman officer from the "on-going harassment" and expressed fear that she would not get "fair treatment" at the hands of Kejriwal. "A full Bench, which I have requested, be constituted at the earliest and none of my cases be put up before OP Kejriwal, and the cases pending be also transferred to any other information commissioner or the CIC," she requested.
The petition to be heard on Friday also states that the penalty imposed on her was not correct because she was not responsible for the delay in giving information in the Jalani case.
She claimed that when she had said that she could move the High Court against the penalty imposed, Kejriwal had told her the cost of litigation would be higher than the penalty amount.
She also denied that the RTI applications submitted to her were not answered.