Saturday, August 28, 2010

Cop fined '25K under RTI Act

Cop fined '25K under RTI Act

Pinaki Das

TNN, Aug 28, 2010, 12.59 am IST

HOWRAH: A sub-inspector with Howrah Police has been slapped a fine of `25,000 under the Right to Information (RTI) Act for furnishing misleading information. The West Bengal Information Commission found A K Maity guilty of "falsehood" in his reply to an RTI application that sought details of a robbery case the officer had investigated.

"Maity's falsehood glaringly testifies his malafide intention in providing misleading information," the Commission said.

On May 7, 2005, some important documents and a mobile phone had been stolen from the apartment of ASI Mousumi Banerjee in the complex inside Howrah police station. Chandan Chatterjee, who lives next to the police compound, was an eyewitness.

The ASI, then posted in Golabari, lodged a complaint and Maity was given the case. In an alleged bid to hush up the case, Maity filed a final report before Howrah's chief judicial magistrate on December 31, 2005, stating no evidence was found in the complaint.

The clinching evidence was a document in which the IO records his meeting with Chatterjee on January 3, 2006 to get his account of the incident three days after submitting the final report.


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