The Central Information Commissioner (CIC), Wahajat Habibullah, has slapped a Rs 50,000 fine on additional commissioner of Delhi Police Dipender Pathak for not providing replies to an application under the Right to Information (RTI).
On Tuesday, the CIC found that Pathak, public information officer (PIO) of Delhi Police, had failed to give reasons for not providing correct replies to an RTI application and also did not appear before the commission.
“Neither have we received any written reply nor has he (Pathak) or the errant police officials appeared before us in person,” Habibullah said.
Earlier, Prashant Garg, a resident of East of Kailash, filed RTI applications on the shifting of a bus stop from E-11, East of Kailash to E-23. Garg alleged the bus stop led to traffic hazards, causing two major accidents.
Garg sought the reasons for shifting the bus stop from the traffic police. But it failed to reply satisfactorily, despite an order of Delhi Police’s appellate authority for RTI applications to provide point-wise reply to Garg’s questions.
Habibullah gave seven days to the PIO to provide information. Garg said the information provided was misleading and, therefore, the PIO should be penalised.
The CIC then asked the erring police officials to appear before the commission to explain why a penalty should not be imposed on them. But the police officials failed to appear, which led to the decision to slap the penalty.
The CIC also asked Commissioner of Police YS Dadwal to deduct the penalty amount from Pathak’s salary from November onwards.