Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Not following RTI Act costs ex-registrar Rs 10k

Not following RTI Act costs ex-registrar Rs 10k

Express News Service

First Published: 27 Oct 2010 02:39:59 AM IST

BANGALORE: The Karnataka Information Commission (KIC) has slapped a penalty of Rs 10,000 on the vice-chancellor of Gulbarga Universiry, to be paid from his salary, for not giving information to a candidate under the Right to Information (RTI) Act that was sought when he was registrar.

E T Puttiah, who was earlier working as the registrar (Examination) at University of Mysore, had failed to provide information to C Jayaprakash, a senior technical assistant at the Defence Food Research Lab in Mysore.

Jayaparkash had applied for MSc in Food Science at the University of Mysore in 2009 and his application was rejected.

Jayaprakash, in a complaint to the State Chief Information Commissioner, wrote that his application for MSc in Food Science was rejected without any reason.

He applied under the RTI Act on October 31, 2009, to know the reason of rejection but did not get the information even after 45 days.

He got a reply from the university six months later, after he had complained to the KIC.

In his complaint, he also mentioned that he lost an opportunity to purse higher education.

The KIC has ordered Puttaniah to pay a penalty of Rs 10,000 from his salary.

The KIC has ordered to deduct Rs 5,000 from his salary in November and December.

The commission has also said it will inspect the salary details on February 9, 2011.


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