Sunday, July 18, 2010

Activist seeks info from CBI, gets threats instead

Just a day after a Right to Information (RTI) activist in Mumbai was beaten up for filing a case against Pubic Works Department officials, another activist alleges harassment, this time by the Central Bureau of Investigation, India's premier investigation agency. Manish Bhatnagar, an RTI activist, had sought information on the expenses incurred on CBI Director Ashwini Kumar by the government. However, what he allegedly got were threats and intimidations. Bhatnagar's RTI application seeks details on benefits like car and travel allowance, HRA and Medical benefits besides water and electricity, which is provided to the CBI director. It asks CBI furhish all the records and file noting related to the appointment of Ashmini Kumar to the post of the Director, and a certified copy of each and every page of the service book of Kumar.

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