Four engineers from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) have been imposed a penalty of Rs 1 lakh by the Central Information Commission (CIC) for delay of over 100 days in providing correct information about alleged illegal construction.
It has also come to the fore that even when the civic body had information that plan for a certain property has not been sanctioned it didn’t take suo moto action.
Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi on May 31 penalised the four officers with Rs 25,000 each, the maximum penalty under the Right to Information Act (RTI) for delay in information about a certain property in Paharganj alleged to be illegally constructed.
These officers were deemed public information officers at that point of time.
Citing a property number from Multani Dhandha in Paharganj area, Rajendra Gupta had sought information in August 2010 whether plan for that building was sanctioned and details of action taken against illegal construction, if any.
He received the reply only in December 2010 that to after he first appealed.
Gupta had alleged that the municipal corporation officials admitted that no plan was sanctioned for the property in question in Paharganj area but at the same time said action would be taken only when the department receives information of unauthorised construction.
Not satisfied, Gupta approached the Central Information Commission. Considering that “there is a strong possibility of malafide intension,” and since the delay is more than 100 days, Gandhi imposed the maximum penalty under section 20 (1) of the RTI act, i.e. of R25,000 each on four officers.