Monday, November 15, 2010

State ordered to give list of babus' assets

In a landmark decision the AP Information Commission on Monday brushed aside the state government's objections and asked it to furnish details of immovable properties held by All-India Service officials in the state to a city-based RTI activist. The commission, headed by the Chief Information Commissioner, Mr Jannath
Hussain, was delivering an order on an appeal filed by the RTI activist, Mr O.M. Debara. The commission, for the first time, met twice before deciding on the application. The order means that Mr Debara will get, for a fee, a copy of the list of assets that is filed annually by All-India Service officers. "I compliment the AP
Information Commission for their wise judgement," said Mr Debara. "I have been fighting to eliminate corruption from society and wanted to expose misdeeds by officials." There are generally no restrictions on legal use of this information. The order of the Information Commission is considered final, though appeals can be filed
with the AP High Court and, later, the Supreme Court.

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