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Saturday, August 30, 2008

CIC Wajahat Habibullah Assures RTI Activists of Action!

Mr Wajahat Habibullah, Chief Information Commissioner, was the Chief Guest at the Meet organized by RTI activits in Aligarh on 23rd August 2008. On being queried by the activists on the demand of CPIOs to furnish proof of nationality, the CIC clarified that CPIOs can inquire about the nationality but cannot ask the information seeker to furnish proof.

The CIC also informed the audience that the Informaiton Commision would now come down heavily on those CPIOs who fail to deposit the fine imposed by the Information Commission.

On this occasion, Dr Tariq Islam, General Secretary, RTI Group, Aligarh, also addressed the gathering. Dr Islam who is a Senior Reader in the Department of Philosophy, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, raised several pressing issues that the RTI activists are facing. He particulary pointed out the issue of interpretation of the word "shall" in the relevant clause of the RTI Act that relates to the imposition of fine on erring CPIOs.

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