Order to Show Cause

The Quasi-Judicial Body of Transparency last week issued Show-Cause Notice to Mr. Rakesh Dahiya, an Delhi, Andaman & Nicobar, Lakshadweep, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Civil) Services (DANICS) Cadre Officer of 2011 Batch, who is presently posted as Additional District Magistrate (ADM) of South-West District under the Department of Revenue of the Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi (GNCTD) for “dishonouring” a decision of the coordinate bench on disclosure of information.

Passing the Decision in a Complaint Case of Shri Chandranshu Mehta versus Revenue Department, the Information Commissioner (IC) Heeralal Samariya expresses severe displeasure over the conduct of Mr. Rakesh Dahiya, for non-compliance of the directions of the Transparency Watchdog.

Hearing the Case filed by Chandranshu Mehta, who had demanded to know the copies of noting, action taken and correspondence to his letter pertaining to Sanction for Prosecution u/s 197 (1) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (Cr.P.C.), 1973 to prosecute Mrs. Trilochan Kaur Bhatia, exDeputy Secretary (D.S.) of Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA) u/s 167, 177, 219, 499, 500 and 504 & Mrs. Rita Swami Choudhary, Secretary of SNA u/s 166A, 187, 188 and 217 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860 the IC observed that “…reply provided by Mr. Rakesh Dahiya, then PIO dated 25.09.2019 in compliance of the Commission’s decision dated 29.08.2019 was incorrect, vague and prepared without application on mind.”

“…accordingly directs Mr. Rakesh Dahiya, then PIO through the present PIO to send his written submissions to justify as to why action should not be initiated against him under Section 20 of the RTI Act for the gross violation of its provisions.”, Samariya Ordered while disposing Adjunct Decision proceedings.

Earlier in August 2019, the then Information Commissioner (IC) Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha, now Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) directed Mr. Rakesh Dahiya to submit a satisfactory and relevant explanation for filing incorrect data/submission before the Commission while holding the arguments raised by him “baseless” in the Mehta’s second appeal case.

During the Hearing before the Commission, Mehta expresses his concern over the situation of “three-ring circus” caused in the matter by all concerned and over the callous attitude of the respondent authority in causing unnecessary confusion leading to inordinate delay.

Here is the link to the Decision passed by Heeralal Samariya as Information Commissioner (IC).

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