Eleven activists of Right to Information (RTI) were arrested on charges of rioting and obstructing work of a public servant on Tuesday.
These activists had come to observe the open-court hearing of Dr Shrikant Prabhu, one of the activists.
After the hearing they sought time from the commissioner to tell him that he was committing a “bailable offence.” The activists wanted to hand over a report they had prepared stating what leads to the bailable offence. Sanjay Amrute, senior police inspector said: “We have arrested 11 RTI activists who barged into the cabin of Suresh Joshi, the state information commissioner.”
“They have been booked for rioting and obstructing the work of a public servant. On Wednesday, we will produce them in court.”
The activits arrested are Krishnaraj Rao, G.R. Vora, Mohammad Afzal, Sunil Ahya, Vijay Chauhan, Mukund Parekh, Sanjay Ghatalia, K.N. Singh, Pramod Kadam, Ravi Kiran Haldipur, and Shrikant Prabhu. “We had not taken an appointment as he never gives us one. When we requested for time, he first refused but then agreed,” Vora said.
“Before the interaction, one of the activists wanted to sing the national anthem. Joshi objected and did not stand up. But as soon as we started singing, Joshi called the police.”
Joshi denied the allegations. “Even after telling them that I had to go to a doctor and that I would fix up another day to meet them, they still didn’t listen and walked into my cabin.”