Nawada, Bihar: In a matter related to a warehouse in Nawada district, the State Information Commissioner has cracked down on several individuals. RTI activist Sumant Kumar Gupta has been seeking justice for the past year through various channels, but justice has remained elusive. Gupta informed that after corresponding with the Chief State Information Commissioner, an order was passed on Case No. A2906/2022, dated October 06, 2020.
In this case, the Public Information Officer of the Superintendent of Police, Nawada, was summoned for a hearing on the last date. However, the officer failed to appear at the meeting, and for the current date, the Public Information Officer cum Deputy Inspector General of Police (Human Rights) was directed to ensure the former’s presence.
Yet, this directive was not adhered to at the local level. Consequently, both officers are required to provide reasons as to why a fine of Rs 25,000 should not be imposed on them under Section 20(1) of the Right to Information Act for the delay in providing information.
Notably, Sadar DSP Upendra Prasad is facing these allegations as mentioned in Mr. Gupta’s letter number-458/Anuo puo Rajauli dated-25/02/2023. Mr. Gupta was asked to submit an affidavit and evidence to the office of the Sub-Divisional Police Officer for further investigation. The applicant has duly submitted the affidavit.
This matter has been ongoing for a considerable period, and initially, there were attempts to suppress it. However, when the issue reached the State Chief Information Commission and the Home Department of Bihar, it stirred up attention among all the officials.
As the correspondence continues from various sources, significant actions are expected to be taken soon.