The directives of Central Information Commission (CIC) of December 2007 notwithstanding, the Delhi police has not been forthcoming with the information sought under RTI in a case of a car loan availed from a private company, a Dwarka resident has alleged.
PP Khattar bought a car in 2001 on a loan from a private financial company. He claimed the company encashed his first cheque on January 27, two days after the vehicle’s delivery, and sent him a repayment schedule on February 27, 2001, which stated his first installment was due on March 15, 2001.
“But the company sent a letter on March 27, terminating the agreement, and forcibly re-possessed my vehicle on April 4, 2001,” he said. Khattar lodged a police complaint but nothing came of it. After three years, he filed an RTI application with the Deputy Commissioner of Police (SW) seeking information on his FIR filed in April 2007. The DCP informed the three-year-old records were destroyed.
He then moved the first appeal before Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) in May 2007 reminding him that the FIR was still pending.
“They claimed the case was cancelled in the court. This was untrue,” Khattar said. He also wrote to the vigilance department, which replied in August 2007 saying no record was destroyed in the last five years.
“This clearly established that Delhi Police was denying information,” he said.
CIC Wajahat Habibullah, who handled the case himself, after Khattar approached the commission directed DCP (S-W) on December 27, 2008 to provide the information. But a year has passed and Khattar continues to wait. DCP (S-W) K Jagadishan did not respond to HT’s queries.