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Central Information Commission (CIC), New Delhi, IndiaClub Building, Old JNU Campus, New Delhi-110067 Nationwide United States of America
Alleged offender : Central Information Commission (CIC), New Delhi. It falls under administrative purview of DoPT, Government of India. It is the nodal agency charged with enforcement of "Right to Information Act" (RTI Act 2005) in India. Hon. IC Mr. Shailesh Gandhi is a practicing Information Commissioner with CIC. Author's relationship with alleged offender : Citizen of India -vs- Government of India (CIC - Central Information Commission)
Right to Information, RTI Act, IIM, IIMA, IIM Ahmedabad, CIC, CVC, HRD, MHRD, IITK, IIT Kanpur, WIMWIAN, WIMWI, EQUIS, AACSB, AMBA, Corruption, Vigilance, Human Rights, Fundamental Rights, Ethics, Morals, Shailesh Gandhi, Barua, Jajoo, Ketan Bhatt,
Refer to documents available at https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0B-W_3AOWrL0LMDg1Zjc4MGUtZGVmYS00NGQ1LWE1ZjAtMjNiYWY2Mzk4M2U2&hl=en&authkey=CP_5qoUF
CIC and Hon. IC Mr. Shailesh Gandhi assume high moral grounds in conduct of their activities. As is evident from referred documents, right to information and right to equal justice of a citizen were compromised by unethical conduct at CIC.
With generous help from fellow activists, apologists and friendly media, Hon. IC. Mr. Gandhi has covered himself with saintly radiance. A man who pretends morality has to be exposed.
PIO has confirmed that institute has made video record when Hon. IC Mr. Gandhi came calling. Who all were present? Why doesn't IIMA and CIC reveal each and every email exchange that IIMA (& its agents) had with Hon. IC Mr. Gandhi. Atleast Hon. IC Mr. Gandhi can do it. After all it was he who famously proclaimed "All my emails are in Public Domain" (Google this quote). Sir, come clean on this, 0 Appeal to the Whole Commission.pdf as well as http://www.rti.india.gov.in/appeal_second/SA_UG_09_11918qbblsal.pdf
This rip-off report is in larger public interest and consumer welfare. It also helps build reasoned public opinion on practices at CIC.
On 19-May-2009 CIC in its meeting (attended by Hon. IC Mr. Gandhi) adopted Code of Ethics (http://cic.gov.in/CIC-Minutes/Minutes19052009.htm). Just 10 days later Hon. IC Mr. Gandhi himself was violating the same. Refer to file 1 PIO on IC Visit.pdf Moreover he followed it up with even more bizarre conduct.
Refer to file Fake hearing by SG on 07-Jul-2009.mp3 audio record of fake hearing at CIC. During hearing Hon. IC Mr. Gandhi is heard giving tips to Secretary (IIMA BoG) on likely decision on a case which was listed for hearing at that particular date/ time/ place. Obviously, IIMA was not prepared for hearing after such a prognosis given by THE GOD himself. Hon. IC Mr. Gandhi even obliged with adjourned hearing. Also before hearing, Secretary to IIM BoG requested Hon. IC Mr. Gandhi to take care so as to avoid adverse media reports.
- At 1:30 minute in audio, Hon. IC is avoiding decision on BoG MoM, there being a journalist. Quote SG, "Since we have a journalist, please do a re-think. Most probably this would be avoided".
- - Both authorities were shamelessly bold enough to engage in corrupt and unethical conduct to discuss these in the presence of petitioner himself. This kind of blatant partisan approach from Hon. IC Mr. Gandhi (charged with RTI Act enforcement) forced helpless Mr. Bhatt to lament with his statement, "Each step is a struggle".
- At 3:15 minute, Hon. IC Mr. Gandhi is saying, "All past wrongs you can not correct". Unwarranted comments. This when NONE of the 4 petitions scheduled for hearing that day asked for any correction in past wrongs. Mr. Bhatt had simply asked for information and mandatory actions u/s 18, 20 of RTI Act.
Hon. IC Mr. Shailesh Gandhi has committed malfeasance in office. Referred documents also include subsequent communications that Mr. Bhatt had with all of the nine commissioners at CIC. Shockingly, for civil society, none of the recipient chose to respond. Not only that, as can be observed (Current Status of petitions by Mr. Bhatt.pdf) Commissions continues to favor IIM Ahmedabad and does NOT decide on so many of Mr. Bhatts petitions which have been pending since 20 months. There appears to be some sort of prejudice at CIC in attending to Mr. Bhatts appeals.
Pertinent question, for Civil Society, that arises is what is the difference in conduct of above named officials (at CIC/IIMA) and any police constable collecting 'hafta' at cross roads in India? Probably these elite officials exchange favors on barter basis instead of hard cash. Nevertheless, they all are equally arrogant to rip-off their lay consumers in full public gaze. They all render inferior quality services (rip-off) to their respective clientele -viz- lay citizen whether at crossroad, or at doorstep of judiciary or at EQUIS/ AACSB/ AMBA accredited management school.
Deceit by Hon. IC Mr. Gandhi molested RTI Act. Ironically in modern India, enough is NOT enough till whistleblower pays the ultimate price with his own life or is murdered or Mahatma Gandhi is molested. Till then individuals can be safely molested.
And taking que from transgressions and other violations of code-of-ethics exhibited by Commissioners (like Hon. IC Mr. Gandhi), PIO and FAA across length and breadth of India deny information to citizens.
Sue me if you can. Decision makers at offending institutions are wealthy and well connected with their hands on public treasury. Through public funds they engage services of best lawyers to defend their arrogance and transgressions. While a citizen is hamstrung to engage lawyer out of his/her own meager savings. These powerful people manage to get away with unethical practices just because they make it unreasonably costly for lay citizen to get justice.
Issues are related to fundamental civil rights and corrupt practices. Contents of referred documents raise larger issues of public concern regarding ethics, morals and value systems prevailing at CIC and possibly whole of judicial system in India.
Hon. IC Mr. Shailesh Gandhi and CIC are rip-off on civil rights, ethics and morality. Rip-off on value system that citizens of India expect from a public institution.
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