Rs 50k penalty slapped on B'luru South Tahsildar

In another rap to Bengaluru South Tahsildar Dr Dayanand, the Karnataka Information Commission imposed a penalty of Rs 50,000 on him on Wednesday for not furnishing information about the public land in two villages under his jurisdiction.

RTI applicant Kalidas Reddy said he had filed four RTI applications in March 2013 before the Bengaluru South Tahsildar seeking details of public land in four villages of Thurahalli, Gubbalala, Subramanyapura and Vasanthapura. In April 2013 he filed the first appeal and in June 2013 he filed a second appeal before the Karnataka Information Commission. Six months after he filed the second appeal, hearing into the case began.

 “It's now two years and I have not received even bit information,” said Reddy.

On Wednesday when the case pertaining to Thurahalli and Vasanthapura village came up for hearing before Information Commissioner T Rama Naik, he imposed penalty in respect of the two separate RTI applications.  In the last one and a half years, many directions were given to provide the information but the Tahsildar remained defiant.  Earlier, in the separate RTI applications pertaining to Gubbalala and Subramanyapura, the Information Commission had imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000 each.

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