Activist Anna Hazare has joined the protests demanding the dismissal of state information commissioner Ramanand Tiwari. Taking an aggressive stand, Hazare said Tiwari should be sacked and people like him “should be jailed and their properties checked”.
“I had objected to his appointment. The person who should be at that post is someone with a clean record and integrity. The government, however, did not pay heed to it,” Hazare said.
Tiwari has been in the line of fire ever since documents showed that he had played a pivotal role in getting the width of the Captain Prakash Pethe Marg, adjoining the plot where Adarsh Society is today, reduced. His son is a member of the society.
Also, documents obtained under the RTI Act show how Tiwari advertised himself for the post of the SCIC, claiming he had been ‘fighting corruption’ and bringing about transparency.
Activist Vihar Durve, who filed the RTI, said, “I had asked for a list of his assets. He heard the appeal himself, but did not give me the information.” Tiwari said: “I have never agreed to provide information about an official’s personal assets under the act. But, I directed officials to provide the information.”
Activist Anil Galgali said: “If an official is honest indeed, he need not advertise himself.”
Tiwari denied any plans of stepping down. “I have not done anything wrong,” he said.