In a move that can discourage applicantsfrom seeking information , the
Karnataka Government has deceided to sue an applicant Dr K Shivramfor
seeking information under the RTI . Omn December 11,2007 , Shivram a
Retd Asst Director of the Department of AH & VS sought information about
the Annual Statements of Assets & liabilities of the Commissioner of AH
& VS D S Ashwath .
The Information in question was treated as 3rd party information and
Ashwath failed to disclose the same . Following an appeal to Karnataka
Information Commission (KIC) shivram was asked what public cause would be
served by the disclosure of Ashwaths assets statement. Ashwath also
wrote to the chief Secretary seeking permission to sue Shivram for
Defamation. what is more SHOCKING IS THAT THE CHEIF SECRERTARY HAS GRANTED
PERMISSION FOR PROSECUTION..
Mahithi Hakku Adayayana Kendra Trustees Vikram Simha and BH veeresh
saiod that the Government ios doing everything to scuttle the RTI Act .
First the Karnataka government haS NO BUSINESS IN TRATING ASSETS
STATEMENTS AS 3RD PARTY INFORMATION . IT IS A SERIOUS VIOLATION OF THE sPIRIT
OF rti aCT TO SUE AN APPLICANT MERELY FOR SEEKING INFORMATION.vIKRAM
SAID . VEERESHA SAID THAT THEY WOULD TAKE UP THE ISSUE WITH KIC.
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