Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Delhi Police ask for money to give data

Believe it or not, senior officers of Delhi Police have actually asked for money from an applicant seeking information under the Right to Information Act. RTI activist JS Bhattacharjee wrote to the Delhi Police’s Public Information Officer in November seeking details of impounded vehicles that lie dumped at the scores of police stations in the capital. The PIO shot off a letter to 15 deputy commissioners of police to provide information to Bhattacharjee under the law. Three DCPs — in charge of IGI airport, East and West districts — wrote back asking Bhattacharjee to deposit almost Rs 50,000 as “fees” for getting the job done.

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