Monday, October 26, 2009

Panel slaps fine on Collectorate, Corpn staff for denying info

State Information Commissioner S Ramakrishnan has slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 each on three officials, including a tahsildar of the Chennai Collectorate and a public information officer of the Chennai Corporation, for not providing the required information to a petitioner under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

According to R Natarajan of Chamiers Road, he had sought information on the encroachment by a company near the Boat Club in Chennai. The company, according to Natarajan, was illegally occupying 14 grounds of land with an estimated market price of over Rs 75 crore. Seven months after his appeal, the assistant public relations officer (APRO) asked the tahsildar to furnish the information. But he didn't get the required information, Natarajan said.

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