EC put in dock for violating RTI
The EC has been sought to be put in the dock by a local doctor who has charged it with violating the Right to Information.india Updated: Apr 22, 2006 21:35 IST
The Election Commission has been sought to be put in the dock by a local doctor who has charged it with violating the Right to Information (RTI) Act by not providing him the details of a complaint for disqualification of ten CPI(M) MPs, including Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.
Amit Sengupta has written to the EC accusing it of "blatantly failing" to carry out its obligations under the Act after the Commission informed him that his plea could not be granted until "opinion is tendered and President's order in the matter is published."
He wanted information and copies of the petitions filed by Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy against the CPI(M) MPs on the office-of-profit issue and also "records and copies of the orders passed by the Commission".
Sengupta, who has written several reminders to the Commission, has now threatened to take appropriate steps as per law for its "wrongful failure to comply with the requirements of the statute".
He claimed that sections of the RTI Act had been "wholly violated" as no information has been supplied under its provisions.