Friday, October 09, 2009

Bihar officials to be booked for torturing RTI petitioners

The Bihar government has announced to initiate stern action against officials found guilty of torturing petitioners seeking information under the Right to Information Act, a senior state official said today. "Any official found guilty of serving threats to the information seekers or implicating them in false cases will be suitably punished", the Home Secretary, Bihar Aamir Subhani has said. The Home Secretary said he was also writing to the district magistrates and district superintendents of police asking them to strictly follow the government's directives. The Home Secretary's action follows a huge complains by the information seekers that they are being constantly threatened, tortured and implicated in false cases for seeking information under RTI from the officials.

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