Authorities at the Adharwadi district prison in Kalyan have denied any wrongdoing on the part of their information officer who had asked a Right to Information (RTI) activist Rs1.29 lakh for information regarding the running of the prison.
“Our officer SA Sonar has done nothing wrong in mentioning the amount required for photocopies of 12,500 pages,” said UT Pawar, superintendent, Adharwadi prison, Kalyan.
Pawar said the RTI activist, Sanjay Bhalika, had misguided the press with wrong information. “He has asked for information for the past 10 to 12 years and our officer replied to him as per the rules of the RTI act. We are ready to give him all the information he has asked for,” Pawar said.
“We have taken cognisance of the news published in various newspapers and are sending our report to the director general of prisons. We will not spend such a large amount from the government treasury to give information to an RTI activist. If he wants information, he has to pay the price quoted in the letter. Our old registers are in the large A3 size and photocopy centres have quoted Rs 10 to copy an A3 size sheet and Rs 2 for an A4 size sheet.
While Pawar insisted no inquiry had been initiated by higher ups in the force, DG (Prisons) Surinder Kumar said he had initiated an inquiry and had asked for a report on the same.