Aarush death: Info panel issues notice to municipal corporation commissioner

  • HT Correspondent, None, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Feb 15, 2015 00:27 IST

The state information commission has issued notice to the Jalandhar municipal corporation commissioner and corporation engineer after they failed to respond to an RTI application about a speed breaker outside Ramgarhia Gurdwara near Patel Chowk where four-year-old Aarush Arora was crushed to death by his school bus on August 1 last year.

Aarush was an LKG student of Innocent Hearts School. The panel has also directed them to appear in person before state information commissioner Chander Parkash on April 8 and ordered to file a written reply before hearing.

It also cautioned that if they fail to respond, further orders will be passed in their absence. The commission has also sent a copy of notice to the director, local bodies in Chandigarh.

Kailash Thukral, a resident of Rasta Mohalla, had filed an application with the municipal corporation in August 2014 under the Right to Information Act, 2005, about construction of a speed breaker outside the gurdwara near Patel Chowk. He had also sought certified copies of design and estimated cost of the breaker.

He had also filed an appeal with the appellate authority after no one responded to his query. He then approached the information commission.

Aarush was crushed to death after he fell down from his school bus in which he was travelling back home. He was run over by the same bus.

The passerby and eyewitnesses had complained that that bus driver was driving recklessly and when the vehicle reached outside the gurdwara it got a jerk due to the speed breaker and Aarush fell outside as the door was open.

Moreover, the city police have been sitting on the application of Aarush’s Chandan Arora due to intense political pressure.

ADGP (crime) VK Bhawra had asked the police to take prompt action in the incident after Chandan approached him.

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