CIC Berates NCW And Fines PIO Yogesh Mehta

Folks,

just a few days ago a blogger highlighted the blatant attempt at a power grab by the corrupt Girija Vyas.

And today, it has come to my notice that these morons are incapable or unwilling to maintain and furnish information as per the RTI act.

In the present case, this RTI was filed by Cmdr Batra, who wanted to know what the fatties of the NCW did when girls and children were disappearing in Nithari. Read the Tehelka expose to understand more:

Tehelka NCW Nithari Expose

Fortunately, not adhering to the RTI Act had repercussions. The Hon’ble CIC, has berated the NCW for sloppy record keeping and fined their legal officer Yogesh Mehta.

Here’s the picture of this jackass:

Here’s another picture below where Girija Vyas and Mr Mehta look like they ate something nasty:

Here are two excerpts from the ruling of the CIC:

  • Having heard the arguments and examined the files we are constrained to observe withy deep regret the lack of a functional system in the National Commission for Women in dealing with so important a case that was brought before the NCW by Commander Lokesh K. Batra. It is strongly recommended under the authority vested in us by Sec 19 (8) sub-section (a) to the Ministry of Women & Child Development that the Ministry institute a regular administrative structure for the Commission, which will then bring its functioning into conformity with the RTI Act, 2005 by instituting a system of maintenance of records in keeping with Sec 4(1), particularly sub-section (a). This exercise may be completed within thirty days of the issue of this decision notice under intimation to Sh PKP Shreyaskar, Jt Registrar, Central Information Commission.
  • In this file the answers which can be deemed inadequate by the complainant are the answers to question No. 1 & 3. Simply because the web page contains a title RTI Act, informing appellant as much does not amount to an adequate response to an RTI request where under information u/s 7 (9) is excepted to be provided in the form in which it is sought. Besides, leave and tour records on Government account are excepted to be kept by any respectable govt. office. The plea taken by the CPIO that the information sought is cumbersome which cannot be provided is, therefore, specious. If the NCW has been so lackadaisical hitherto as to neglect its duty to conform to the Sec 4 (1) sub-section (b) (iv)of the RTI Act,2005 it will do so now, by publishing the norms set by it for the discharge of its functions, in consonance with our decision on File CIC/WB/C/2008/00426. The information sought under both heads will be provided to the appellant, Cdr Lokesh Batra within 15 working days of the date of issue of the decision notice. Because the information sought was not provided in the time mandated under law, it will be provided free of cost as per Sec 7(6) of the RTI Act Moreover, we find a failure to respond within the mandated time limit to the application of 20.12.2007. PIO Shri Yogesh Mehta will, therefore Show-cause as to why he should not be held liable for a penalty of Rs. 25,000/- for the delay between 20.1.2008 when the response became due up to 9.5.2008 when it was actually provided, a delay of 110 days @ Rs. 250/- per day not exceeding Rs. 25,000/-. He can do this either in writing by 10th September, 2008 or by personal appearance before us on 29th September, 2008 at 12.30 p.m. On the basis of this explanation we will also take a decision on compensation payable, if any, as prayed by appellant Cmdr Batra.

By the way folks, if you are wondering who Yogesh Mehta is, he is the PIO and legal officer stupid enough to say the following, “489a is one of the most important tools in the hands of Indian women who have suffered abuse” in an article published by Indian Express.

“one of the most important tools in the hands of Indian women” Really !!

What this nitwit means is that 498A is “one of the most important tools for extortion in the hands of unscrupulous Indian women”

Mr Legal Officer and PIO, what about the more than 100,000 women who were arrested under this law since 2004, illegally and in contravention of Joginder Kumar Vs State of UP-1994? Would you care to comment about that please ?

I am very happy that was fined. They have gone around strutting aroubd with arrogance. The days of reckoning are here!

Here is the judgment of the Hon’ble CIC: CIC Berates NCW and Fines NCWs PIO

Local copy of the same is here:  NCW PIO Yogesh Mehta Fined By CIC

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