The PIL (91 of 2012, Krishna Harischandra Rao versus State of Maharashtra) is filed by five prominent RTI and good-governance activists.
In a far-reaching judgment, the Supreme Court has at last taken ownership of Information Commissions as being quasi-judicial bodies under itself.
Activist Sulaiman Bhimani, on June 18, had filed five wide-ranging RTI applications to unearth cozy dealings between five state govt offices that operate together.
Without a clear-cut PPP policy and without regular audits by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), India’s public property is being carved up and sold like a beef cow.
Documents procured under RTI indicate that the latest batch of Central Information Commissioners (Rajiv Mathur, Vijai Sharma and Basant Seth) were selected by a more transparent process than earlier.
Is Maharashtra the only state to have passed such restrictive rules? No. Similar rule changes have been passed in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, and attempts have been made in other states also, such as Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.
There has been a startling breach of trust and public confidence by Government of Maharashtra. Without any public debate, the government has quietly notified an amendment to Maharashtra RTI Rules on January 16, 2012.
Were the officials following orders to hold on to these cheques? Orders from the Ministry of Aviation, maybe? Or were they just following friendly advice from the accounts department of Kingfisher Airlines? What could have been the reason?
The basic structure of our country’s governance is being altered. Despite their tall claims of about Lavasa being a city for all socio-economic classes, it is clearly intended for widening the gap between the haves and the have-nots. This is a form of apartheid, and in fact, a negation of our Constitution.