MP: RTI activist accuses info commissioners of slander campaign

  • Ashutosh Shukla, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: May 20, 2015 19:36 IST

Right to Information (RTI) activist Ajay Dubey has accused two information commissioners of Madhya Pradesh of running a slander campaign against him with the help of a section of media.

Dubey said the campaign was being run to discourage him and other activists from using the RTI.

The two information commissioners, Gopal Kishan Dandotiya and Atamdeep (who goes by his first name only), however, dismissed the charge and said they had always been more than considerate with all RTI activists and other individuals, who came to the commission to appeal against orders passed on their
RTI applications, at a lower rung.

The tussle came to light after a local Hindi daily’s story last week indicated that the state information commission was keeping a tab on persons who had several applications pending before the commission.

The story indicated that in cases where an issue raised in an application was not even directly relevant to the application, the commission would summarily dismiss the case.

Dubey went to chief information commissioner KD Khan and insisted the commission to deny the news reported by the Hindi daily.

“The information commission has a mandate to ensure dissemination of maximum information to people, so that transparency in the functioning of institutions can be maintained. A story appearing in a newspaper, claiming who-so-ever is moving more applications under RTI is under the information commission’s radar, is just the opposite of that mandate. The figures for the story were provided by GK Dandotiya and Atamdeep was trying to ‘plant’ the story in other newspapers as well,” Dubey said.

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