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Ujjain: SIC seeks action against former UDA CEO for breaking RTI laws


Ujjain: The State Information Commission (SIC) has strongly condemned the fact that senior officers of Ujjain Development Authority (UDA), have failed to ensure the faith of people in the provisions of Right to Information (RTI), Act. The SIC has also notified and taken action against two UDA officials, including the erstwhile chief executive officer (CEO), Shivendra Singh, for intentionally hiding facts and causing delay in furnishing information.

State information commissioner Sukhraj Singh made such observations, on hearing a second appeal (A-4183/2015) filed by the city’s social worker, Satya Narayan Somani, who sought certified copies of service books, details of immoveable properties and annual income tax returns of Shivendra Singh. The applicant had initially submitted an application to the public information officer (PIO) of UDA, CP Mundara (superintending engineer in charge), on March 19, 2015 as per the provisions of RTI Act, and then made the first appeal in the case before the appellant officer (CEO, UDA).

However, the PIO did not redress the application within the time limit of 30 days and stretched it to 48 days, by giving an order that information sought by Somani could not be provided.

Moreover, the UDA accounts officer sent the first appeal to Shivendra Singh to seek his opinion on information sought by Somani. Despite knowing that the information sought by the applicant was in connection with his own activities, Singh as an appellant officer, by passing the order, ruined the entire process.

After hearing out all parties concerned, the SIC condemned the behaviour of Singh and asked the principal secretary, housing and environment department, to take necessary action against him. The SIC also directed to issue a show cause notice to the then PIO CP Mundara, who presently works as executive engineer, Indore Development Authority. The SIC has also directed the PIO, UDA, to provide certified copies of Shivendra Singh’s property details within a fortnight to the applicant.