Two CICS stand ac­cused of con­niv­ing with the po­lice to ha­rass busi­ness­man- turned- RTI ac­tivist

India Today - - NATION - by Ro­hit Par­i­har

Two of Ra­jasthan’s chief in­for­ma­tion com­mis­sion­ers ( CICS) are un­der scru­tiny af­ter the state’s Anti- Cor­rup­tion Bureau ( ACB) ac­knowl­edged al­le­ga­tions against them by RTI ac­tivist Goverd­han Singh Pariar of Bikaner. He had pe­ti­tioned Bikaner’s Spe­cial Court ( Anti- Cor­rup­tion) in De­cem­ber 2011, al­leg­ing that the two CICS— one re­tired, the other serv­ing— had re­versed an or­der and back­dated it to favour cer­tain po­lice of­fi­cers.

The sus­pects are M. D. Kau­rani, who re­tired in April 2011, and his suc­ces­sor T. Srini­vasan. On June 11, 2012, ACB con­firmed that the CICS had tam­pered with the date of judg­ment, and that the or­der had ab­nor­mal­i­ties.

Pariar ran a firm that pro­vided billing ser­vices to the state’s mo­bile ser­vice providers, but lost it all in his cru­sade against cor­rupt of­fi­cials. It started when, in an RTI in 2009, he sought prop­erty de­tails of a se­nior Bikaner po­lice of­fi­cer, which earned him the po­lice’s wrath. In Fe­bru­ary 2010, they filed nine pal­pa­bly false cases against him. Soon af­ter, they seized his house and SUV. Af­ter he es­caped ar­rest, Shanti Dhari­wal, then home min­is­ter, told the Assem­bly in March 2010 that Pariar was a crim­i­nal with 16 FIRS against his name. “Po­lice wanted to kill me in an en­counter,” claims Pariar.

His wife Sushil Kan­war used RTI to seek in­for­ma­tion on cases against him from Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice ( DGP) H. C. Meena. She ap­pealed to Kau­rani to in­ter­vene in July 2010, who sum­moned the DGP on Fe­bru­ary 22, 2011. The DGP sent over a sub- in­spec­tor in­stead. Pariar says Kau­rani and Srini­vasan then or­dered the po­lice to give him all data on his case, and warned Meena. But Pariar did not get his copy of this or­der that day. When he did, the ad­verse com­ment on the DGP was miss­ing. It was also dated April 15, 2011, though it was not on the CIC’S cause list.

Through an RTI, Pariar found two or­ders on his case, dated Fe­bru­ary 22 and April 15, 2011. Kau­rani says he re­mem­bers sign­ing one or­der. New CIC Srini­vasan ad­mits there were two. “The first was a draft Kau­rani dic­tated. Since it had sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion, we later amended it,” he says. He also says copies of the or­ders that Pariar got on a CD via RTI were un­signed. “Con­tent must first be au­then­ti­cated. Un­less a note is signed by the bench and no­ti­fied, how can it be called an or­der?” he says, con­ve­niently ig­nor­ing the fact that elec­tronic or­ders, like the one on Pariar’s CD, can’t carry sig­na­tures.



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