Wednesday, February 06, 2008

RTI activism lands 2 villagers in jail

A bid by two villagers to bring about accountability in their local administration through RTI has resulted in their arrest on forgery charges by the Azamgarh police. Their crime? The society formed by them for the purpose is not registered. And, worse still, a local court refused to grant bail to the two who have been behind bars since their arrest on December 26 last year and who have now moved Allahabad High Court for relief.

According to RTI activist Vimal Kumar, who has approached the National Human Rights Commission on behalf of the arrested duo, the villagers of Dehduar Kathauli decided to keep track of the funds allotted to their 'gram sabha' through the RTI Act and formed a society called Vikas Gram Sabha for the purpose.

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