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New IE : Court Notice to Centre on Filling CIC Post

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Another PIL filed on th e issue. This time in Madras HC. Data mentioned in PIL is not up-to-date.


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Court Notice to Centre on Filling CIC Post


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Lokesh Batra


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Lack of Transparency regarding the Land Acquisition Act Amendment Ordinance in India [1 Attachment]

Dear all,
This is to update you on the RTI intervention to get some transparency on the circumstances leading to the promulgation of the Ordinance to amend the Land Acquisition Act, 2013. (LARR Act), the first time. As this is an issue of enormous importance and implications for the people of the country and as there is a CIC decision from a few years ago that Cabinet Notes relating to proposed legislation must be made public within a week of the Bill being tabled in Parliament, I and a few other likeminded transparency advocates sought access to materials that were put before the Hon'ble President of India to convince him about the need for promulgating the Ordinance. While some explanation has been placed in the public domain about the need for the amendments, nothing has been said about the immediacy of action that was required. In Chitrangada's case matters did not get sorted out even at the first appeal stage. the Law Ministry and DoLR are playing soccer with my RTI application. So I might have to file a complaint asking the CIC to determine who is most likely to have the information. Thanks to the Supreme Court's ruling in the Manipur case I cannot use the complaints route to get access to the information itself.

My RTI application and the replies received are in the attachment. The news stories are available at the following links:

1) 20 April, 2015: The Caravan – Chitrangada Choudhury & Aniket Aga, “Why are Government Deliberations Regarding the Land Ordinance a Secret?” : http://www.caravanmagazine.in/vantage/government-deliberations-land-ordinance-secret

 

3) 21 April, 2015: Economic Times – “Government denies info on Land Ordinance under RTI Act” : http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/government-denies-info-on-land-ordinance-under-rti-act/articleshow/46994349.cms?prtpage=1

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yahoo group to oppose irwin road widening - deccan herald, april 15, 2015 [3 Attachments]

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yahoo group to oppose irwin road widening - deccan herald, april 15, 2015

Yahoo group to oppose Irwin Road widening - Deccan Herald, e-Paper, Page 3, Mysore or Mysuru City, Karnataka, Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Mysore / Mysuru: A social activist has created a Yahoo group https://in.groups.yahoo.com/irwinroad   to oppose the proposed widening of the Irwin Road in Mysuru.

Syed Tanveeruddin, the activist, has said that he has created the group so that law-abiding and apolitical (non-political/nonpolitcal/unpolitical or politically neutral) persons, who are interested in legally fighting against the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) and Mysore District Administration's proposal to widen Irwin Road in Mysuru may come together .

Various activists are opposing the plan as they argue that widening of any road will not solve the problem of congestion as the number of vehicles keep on growing with every passing day.

They also argue that the Irwin Road, which connects the Mysuru/Mysore City Railway Station (MCRS) to the Sub-Urban Bus Stand (SBS) has heritage value as it is dotted with various heritage buildings, including the Wellington Lodge built in 1799.

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ಇರ್ವಿನ್ ರಸ್ತೆ ಅಗಲೀಕರಣವನ್ನು ವಿರೋಧಿಸಲು ಯಾಹೂ ಗ್ರೂಪ್ - ಡೆಕ್ಕನ್ ಹೆರಾಲ್ಡ್ , - ಪೇಪರ್ , ಪುಟ 3, ಮೈಸೂರು ನಗರ , ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ , ಬುಧವಾರ , ಏಪ್ರಿಲ್ 15, 2015

ಮೈಸೂರು : ಒಬ್ಬ / ಒಬ್ಬರು ಸಾಮಾಜಿಕ ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರು ಮೈಸೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಇರ್ವಿನ್ ರಸ್ತೆಯ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವಿತ / ಉದ್ದೇಶಿತ ಅಗಲೀಕರಣವನ್ನು ವಿರೋಧಿಸಲು ಒಂದು https://in.groups.yahoo.com/irwinroad ಯಾಹೂ ಗುಂಪನ್ನು ರಚಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ / ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ . ಮೈಸೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಇರ್ವಿನ್ ರಸ್ತೆಯನ್ನು ಅಗಲೀಕರಿಸಲು ಮೈಸೂರು ನಗರ ಪಾಲಿಕೆಯ ಮತ್ತು ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಆಡಳಿತದ ( ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಡಳಿತದ ) ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವನೆಯ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಕಾನೂನುಬದ್ಧವಾಗಿ / ಕಾನೂನಾತ್ಮಕವಾಗಿ   ಹೋರಾಡಲು ಆಸಕ್ತಿ ಹೊಂದಿರುವ ನ್ಯಾಯಬದ್ಧ / ಕಾನೂನು / ಕಾನೂನನ್ನು ಪಾಲಿಸುವ / ನ್ಯಾಯಕ್ಕೆ ತಲೆಬಾಗುವ ಮತ್ತು ರಾಜಕೀಯೇತರ ಅಥವಾ ರಾಜಕೀಯ / ರಾಜಕೀಯಕ್ಕೆ ಸಂಬಂಧ ಇಲ್ಲದ (ರಾಜಕೀಯವಾಗಿ ತಟಸ್ಥ) ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿಗಳನ್ನು ಒಟ್ಟಾಗಿ / ಒಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಸೇರಿಸುವ ಉದ್ದೇಶದಿಂದ ಗುಂಪನ್ನು ರಚಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ / ಸೃಷ್ಟಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ   ಎಂದು ಕಾರ್ಯಕರ್ತರಾದ ಸೈಯದ್ ತನ್ವೀರುದ್ದೀನ್ ಅವರು ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ .
ಡೆಕ್ಕನ್ ಹೆರಾಲ್ಡ್ ಸುದ್ದಿ ಸೇವೆ
इरविन सड़क को चौड़ा करने का विरोध करने के लिए याहू समूह - डेक्कन हेराल्ड , - पेपर , पेज / पृष्ठ 3, मैसूर शहर , कर्नाटक , बुधवार , 15 अप्रैल , 2015

मैसूर : एक सामाजिक कार्यकर्ता ने मैसूर में इरविन सड़क की / का प्रस्तावित चौड़ा करने का विरोध करने के लिए एक https://in.groups.yahoo.com/irwinroad याहू समूह को बनाया है | कार्यकर्ता सैयद / सैय्यद तन्वीरुद्दीन / तनवीरुद्दीन ने कहा है कि उन्होनें इस समूह को इसलिए बनाया है क्यूंकि कानून का पालन करने वाले या कानून को मानने वाले और गैर - राजनीतिक / गैर - राजनैतिक ( या राजनीतिक रूप से तटस्थ ) व्यक्ति जो मैसूर नगर पालिका और जिला प्रशासन का मैसूर में इरविन सड़क को चौड़ा करने के प्रस्ताव के खिलाफ कानूनी तौर पर लड़ने में दिलचस्पी / रुचि रखते हैं वे एक साथ जुड़ सकते हैं
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विषय : मीडिया आमंत्रण एवं प्रचार प्रसार हेतु सूचना Re. सूचना आयोगों का मूल्यांकन कर रिपोर्ट कार्ड बनाने को लखनऊ में जमा होंगे देश भर के आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता.

Ref. No: 20150417-PR-VDMMRRS&NS/YSS/2015-16                                     Date :17th April 2015
विषय : मीडिया आमंत्रण एवं प्रचार प्रसार हेतु सूचना Re. सूचना आयोगों का मूल्यांकन कर रिपोर्ट कार्ड बनाने को लखनऊ में जमा होंगे देश भर के आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता.
 
आदरणीय महोदय,
                              सादर अवगत कराना है कि हमारा संगठन येश्वर्याज सेवा संस्थान कल दिनांक 18 अप्रैल 2015 ( शनिवार ) को राजधानी लखनऊ के राय उमानाथ बली प्रेक्षागृह परिसर स्थित जयशंकर प्रसाद सभागार ,कैसरबाग में विष्णु दत्त मिश्रा स्मारक आरटीआई रत्न (2015) सम्मान समारोह एवं "आरटीआई एक्ट के संरक्षक के दायित्वों के निर्वहन में सूचना आयोगों की प्रभावकारिता" विषयक   राष्ट्रीय विचार-गोष्ठी  का आयोजन कर रहा है l
 
कार्यक्रम का विवरण निम्नानुसार है :
1-  विष्णु दत्त मिश्रा स्मारक आरटीआई रत्न (2015) सम्मान समारोह - 04 बजे अपराह्न l
2-  आरटीआई ( सूचना का अधिकार ) पर राष्ट्रीय सेमिनार   - 11 बजे पूर्वाह्न से 7 बजे अपराह्न तक l
 
 
आपसे सादर अनुरोध है कि हमारे इन सामाजिक कार्यक्रमों का प्रचार-प्रसार अपने लोकप्रिय मीडिया के माध्यम से करने की कृपा करें l  साथ ही साथ अपने संवाददाता और फोटो / वीडियो जर्नलिस्ट को इन दोनों  कार्यक्रमों के कवरेज हेतु इन कार्यक्रमों में  भेजने की कृपा भी करें l
 
सादर प्रेषित l
 
भवदीया

( उर्वशी शर्मा )
सचिव
 
Lucknow.17-04-15. Pre Program Press Release.कल शनिवार ( 18-04-15 ) को उत्तर प्रदेश की राजधानी लखनऊ में देशभर के आरटीआई (सूचना का अधिकार) कार्यकर्ता इकट्ठा होंगे। ये आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता सामाजिक संगठन येश्वर्याज सेवा संस्थान की ओर से आयोजित किए जाने बालेविष्णु दत्त मिश्रा स्मारक आरटीआई रत्न सम्मान समारोह 2015’ औरआरटीआई एक्ट संरक्षक के दायित्वों के निर्वहन में सूचना आयोगों की प्रभावकारिताविषयक राष्ट्रीय विचार गोष्ठी  में भाग लेने रहे हैं।
 
संगठन की सचिव उर्वशी शर्मा ने बताया कि उनका संगठन प्राप्त आवेदनों के आधार पर तीन आरटीआई कार्यकर्ताओं को उनके सराहनीय कार्यों के लिएविष्णु दत्त मिश्रा स्मारक आरटीआई रत्न सम्मान 2015’ प्रदान कर सम्मानित करेगा  ताकि वे देश ,समाज एवं अन्य आरटीआई कार्यकर्ताओं के लिए प्रेरणास्त्रोत बनें।
 
उर्वशी का कहना है कि विगत वर्ष में आरटीआई प्रयोगकर्ताओं के उत्पीड़न की घटनाओं में हुई बेहताशा बढ़ोत्तरी के मद्देनज़र इस वर्ष से उनका संगठन उत्पीड़न के शिकार ऐसे 10 आरटीआई कार्यकर्ताओं को भी 'विष्णु दत्त मिश्रा स्मारक आरटीआई बहादुरी सम्मान 2015’ प्रदान कर उनकी हौसला-आफजाई करेगा जिन्होने उत्पीड़न का शिकार होने पर भी विषम परिस्थितिओं का डटकर मुकाबला करते हुए पारदर्शिता की मशाल की ज्वाला को मध्यम नही पड़ने दिया.
 
उर्वशी ने बताया कि  जनकल्याणकारी  कार्यों के लिए आरटीआई का प्रयोग कर देश को सार्थक परिणाम देने बाले दिल्ली के समाजसेवी सुभाष चन्द्र अग्रवाल और उत्तर प्रदेश के आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता कोमोडोर लोकेश बत्रा को इस वर्ष काविष्णु दत्त मिश्रा स्मारक लाइफटाइम अचीव्मेंट आरटीआई  सम्मान 2015’ देकर सम्मानित किया जाएगा.
 
 
उर्वशी के अनुसार इस एक दिवसीय समारोह के अंतर्गत 'आरटीआई एक्ट संरक्षक के दायित्वों के निर्वहन में सूचना आयोगों की प्रभावकारिता' विषयक राष्ट्रीय विचार गोष्ठी का  आयोजन भी लखनऊ के राय उमानाथ बाली प्रेक्षागृह के जयशंकर प्रसाद सभागार में 18  अप्रैल को किया जाएगा. कार्यक्रम में उड़ीसा, तमिलनाडु, हरियाणा, दिल्ली,महाराष्ट्र,कर्नाटक सहित भारत के विभिन्न राज्यों के आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता शिरकत करेंगे और अपने-अपने विचारों को साझा कर सूचना आयोगों के कार्यों का मूल्यांकन कर सूचना आयोगों का रिपोर्ट कार्ड बनाएँगे और सूचना आयोगों की कार्यप्रणाली में सुधार लाने हेतु सुझाव देंगे जिनमें से साझे  सुझाव हमारी संस्था द्वारा देश के सभी 29 सूचना आयोगों को प्रेषित किए जाएँगे.
 
 
सूचना आयोगों के कार्यों के मूल्यांकन के उद्देश्य से विचार गोष्ठी आयोजित करने के सबाल पर उर्वशी ने बताया कि देशवासियों के 15 वर्षों के  कठिन प्रयासों से मिला यह आरटीआई एक्ट लागू होने के दसवें वर्ष में ही अपनी धार खोता नज़र रहा है . उर्वशी के अनुसार उनकी संस्था द्वारा कराए गये एक सर्वे में यह बात निकालकर आई थी कि सूचना के अधिकार के प्रभावी क्रियान्वयन के मार्ग में सर्वाधिक वाधाएं सूचना आयोगों की लचर कार्यप्राणाली की बजह से ही है अतः उनकी संस्था द्वारा यह निर्णय लिया गया कि इस विषय पर एक राष्ट्रीय विचार गोष्ठी आयोजित कर सूचना आयोगों के कार्यों का मूल्यांकन किया जाए और अपने उद्देश्यों से भटके सूचना आयोगों की कार्यप्रणाली को पटरी पर लाने के लिए सभी 29 सूचना आयोगों को सुझावात्मक माँग-पत्र प्रेषित किए जायें.
 
 
कार्यक्रम की अध्यक्षता सेवानिवृत्त न्यायाधीश कमलेश्वर नाथ करेंगे। कार्यक्रम में सेवानिवृत्त आई..एस. एस. एन. शुक्ल मुख्य अतिथि, एड्वोकेट सी. बी. पांडेय गेस्ट ऑफ ऑनर तथा सेवानिवृत्त आइ.पी.एस एस. आर. दारापुरी विशिष्ट अतिथि होंगे।
 
 
कार्यक्रम में सामाजिक संगठन तहरीर के संस्थापक इंजीनियर संजय शर्मा, जेएनयू नई दिल्ली के रिसर्च फैलो सुसांता कुमार मलिक, और विश्वविख्यात पहल 'आरटीआई अनॉनीमस' के संस्थापक सदस्य अवनीश सिंह मुख्य वक्ता होंगे तथा गौरव अग्रवाल,आशीष सागर,सलीम बेग,राम स्वरूप यादव सहित देश के कई नामी गिरामी आरटीआई कार्यकर्ता उपस्थित रहेंगे।
 
कार्यक्रम में 'कॉमनवेल्थ ह्यूमन राइट्स इनिशिएटिव' नई दिल्ली की ओर से उपलब्ध कराई गई आरटीआई मार्गदर्शिका का नि:शुल्क वितरण भी किया जाएगा।
 



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e-invite for National RTI Seminar & Vishnu Dutt Mishra Memorial RTI Ratna 2015 award Ceremony in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. [1 Attachment]

Dear friends,
Pls. find attached the invitation card for National RTI Seminar & Vishnu Dutt Mishra Memorial RTI Ratna 2015 award Ceremony in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India.   

National Seminar on Right to InformationTopic‘Efficacy of Info- Commissions   as custodian of RTI act’‘आरटीआई एक्ट संरक्षक के दायित्वों के निर्वहन में सूचना आयोगों की प्रभावकारिता’ at Jaishankar Prasad Meeting-Hall, Quaiserbagh, Lucknow ,Uttar Pradesh, India, Pin Code-226001on  18-04-2015 ( Saturday ) from 11:00 A.M. – 07:00 P.M.( Vishnu Dutt Mishra Memorial RTI Ratna Award 2015 ceremony at 04 P.M.) 
 Chairman                       
  
:Justice Sri Kamleshwar Nath                                                                                                                        ( Former Up- Lokayukta of Karnataka, Former Vice Chairman of C.A.T. Allahabad and Former Judge of High Court Lucknow  & Allahabad)
          Chief Guest           : Sri S. N. Shukla                                                                           (Leading Crusader for Good-Governance , P.I.L. activist, Practicing Advocate in Supreme court and Retd. I.A.S. )            Guest of Honor      : Sri C. B. Pandey                                                                           ( Social Reformist, Advocate, Former advisor to Governor and Former Justice )                   Special Guest          : Sri S. R. Darapuri                                                                          (Human Rights’ activist and Retd. I.P.S. )    
 


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Our PIL in HC viz Editorials in HT & IE : If we hobble Right to Information, then we hobble India’s democracy / Such a long vacancy

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If we hobble Right to Information, then we hobble India’s democracy

Sanjoy Narayan, Hindustan Times             
Apr 12, 2015 11:17 IST


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Indian Express


Such a long vacancy

By:Express News Service| Published on:April 13, 2015 12:00 am


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आमंत्रण : "आरटीआई एक्ट के संरक्षक के दायित्वों के निर्वहन में सूचना आयोगों की प्रभावकारिता" विषय पर राष्ट्रीय विचार-गोष्ठी एवं विष्णु दत्त मिश्रा स्मारक आरटीआई रत्न (2015) सम्मान समारोह

येश्वर्याज सेवा संस्थान,लखनऊ
द्वारा 18 अप्रैल 2015 ( शनिवार ) को 10 बजे
पूर्वाह्न से 7 बजे अपराह्न तक  जयशंकर
प्रसाद सभागार, कैसरबाग, लखनऊ,उत्तर
प्रदेश,भारत में  "आरटीआई एक्ट के
संरक्षक के दायित्वों के निर्वहन
में सूचना आयोगों की प्रभावकारिता"
विषय  पर राष्ट्रीय विचार-गोष्ठी एवं
विष्णु दत्त मिश्रा स्मारक आरटीआई
रत्न (2015) सम्मान समारोह  आयोजन किया जा 
रहा है। सभी आरटीआई
 एक्टिविस्ट कार्यक्रम में सादर
आमंत्रित हैं. 

http://upcpri.blogspot.in/2015/04/18-2015-10-7-2015.html

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Recent extra-judicial killings in Andhra and Telangana: A compilation of norms regarding use of force and investigation and emphasising people's right to know the truth [2 Attachments]

Dear all,
April 07 turned out to be a bloody Tuesday in the newly formed States of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Readers may easily remember media reports of two incidents of extra-judicial killings: 

a) the first in Warangal district of Telengana where the police escorting five under-trial prisoners shot them dead on the pretext that one of them tried to snatch a firearm from one of the escorts in a bid to flee police custody; and

b) the second incident where 20 men alleged to be smugglers of red sandalwood were shot dead in the Seshachalam forest of Chittoor district in a joint-operation conducted by the Andhra Police and Forest Officials.

The purpose of this email alert is not to make a assessment about whether the use of lethal force by the police was justified or not in either incident. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the High Court in Hyderabad have sought reports about the Chittoor incident from the Government. The district administration has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the Warangal incident while the NHRC has issued notice demanding a report of the incident from the Telangana Government. Human rights activists, organisations, politicians and academics have made a variety of demands ranging from inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation or by a sitting Judge of the High Court into the incidents. It is only reasonable to demand that the truth about both incidents come out through an impartial and professional investigation, speedily and the guilty be prosecuted. However, given the manner in which the trial court recently acquitted 16 persons accused of committing the Hashimpura massacre in 1987, it is necessary to also reiterate the norms and standards laid down by the law regarding the use of force by the police against civilians and the steps that need to be taken for ensuring a scientific and impartial investigation of such incidents. That is the sole purpose of this email alert. Please bear with me for the length of this email.


Norms regulating the use of force by the police
According to recent media reports, the head of the Andhra Police, Director General of Police, J V Ramudu when questioned by journalists, whether the police in the Chittoor incident could have shot the deceased in the legs to avoid such a large number of deaths is alleged to have replied: "Is there a law that you should shoot on the legs? Dont ask nonsense questions(sic)". Readers may check this news item at this link: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/andhra-government-defiant-continues-to-defend-chittoor-encounter/article1-1335343.aspx

The Andhra Pradesh Police Manual mentions the following norms regarding the use of force in relation to smugglers who are categorised under 'Organised Crime:

"J Organised Crime:
543-1-B. Organised crime is committed against property, persons or human welfare, engineered by a leader with members professing fierce loyalty. Organised crime in a large measure affects law and order and public order...

D. Boot legging, prostitution, gambling, manipulation of bids or tenders in auctions and contracts, land grabbing, illegal possession or dispossession of property, protection money, rigging elections, loan sharking (usury), extortion, kidnapping for ransom, drug trafficking, illicit trade in fire arms, explosives, smuggling, thefts of antiquities and cultural properties, trading in animal skins and human organs are some of the activities of criminal groups, which are some times small outfits and sometimes large...

546-3-A-D. The resistance to arrest is likely in such cases. In effecting arrest no force than what is permissible under the law should be used. All guidelines regarding arrest should be complied with." (Vol. 2, Chapter 29 accessible at:http://apstatepolice.org/jsp/appm/appm/appm/manch/c30.htm#30543)

954-1-A. Police are expected to work within the framework of law and are not expected to take law into their own hands on the plea that the existing law is not sufficient. They cannot play that role of lawmakers and judiciary. It is for the other wings to take care on the point of sufficiency or insufficiency of law. Police are only expected to play the role of an enforcing agency.

Reasons for violation of human rights by police

950-1. Some of the reasons for violation of human rights by police can be attributed to the following,

A. Lack of interrogation techniques.
B. Lack of scientific temper and professionalism.
C. Lack of knowledge of criminal law and procedures for investigation.
D. Unrealistic public expectation for results.
E. Political and official pressures for quick results.
F. Misconception that laws are not sufficient to achieve results legally.
G. Sadistic pleasure on the part of some police officers.

Code of conduct for the police to avoid allegations of violation of human rights

954-1-B. The police in establishing and enforcing law must as far as practicable, use the methods of persuasion, advice and warning. When use of force is inevitable, it must be as per the procedure and to be the bare minimum.  (Vol. 2, Chapter 54 accessible at: http://apstatepolice.org/jsp/appm/appm/appm/manch/c54.htm#3v54951)

Right of Private defence

740-3. In the matter of dispersal of unlawful assembly the right of private defence can be exercised to protect the life and property of public or to protect themselves. This right can be exercised by using force as much as is necessary and as long as it is necessary. This right extends even to the causing of death in certain cases as laid down in section 100 IPC as against body and in section 103 IPC as against property. The police should exercise this right cautiously. Any amount of exceeding the right may make them liable for penal action as per law. Therefore, the police officers must make a judicious use of this right, only in dire need to save the life and property, when occasion arises as shown in sections 100 and 103 IPC."  (See Vol. 2, Chapter 39 at: http://apstatepolice.org/jsp/appm/appm/appm/manch/c39.htm#2v39740

(emphasis supplied)

Not once, not twice but thrice does the Andhra Pradesh Police's own operations manual require reasonable restraint in the use of lethal force. The DGP's alleged statement is in complete violation of the norms and standards laid down by the police for themselves. I am not even going into the international standards on the use of force and also what has recognised by Courts in India to buttress my argument as they only strengthen this position.


What must be done after the incident of extra-judicial killing?
In September 2014 the Supreme Court of India (in PUCL vs State of Maharashtra - see attachment) laid down clear guidelines about the action that needs to be taken in the aftermath of an incident of extra-judicial killing:

a) para 31(2): "If pursuant to the tip-off or receipt of any intelligence, as above, encounter takes place and firearm is used by the police party and as a result of that, death occurs, an FIR to that effect shall be registered and the same shall be forwarded to the court under Section 157 of the Code without any delay. While forwarding the report under Section 157 of the Code, the procedure prescribed under Section 158 of the Code shall be followed."

So the first requirement is the recording of a First Information Report (FIR) about the incident. At a minimum the FIR must contain- the fact that the 'encounter' took place, where it took place and details of the resultant deaths that occurred. It is common practice for the police, particularly those in the erstwhile undivided Andhra Pradesh to lodge the FIR against the deceased individuals without naming the police personnel responsible for the deaths. However in the PUCL case the Apex Court has clearly directed that the fact of 'homicide/murder' of the deceased be recorded. By implication the names of the police personnel who caused the deaths and the offence of 'homicide/murder' must also be mentioned in the FIR, especially because the identity of the perpetrators is already known.

2) "31(3): An independent investigation into the incident/encounter shall be conducted by the CID or police team of another police station under the supervision of a senior officer (at least a level above the head of the police party engaged in the encounter)."

So the next requirement is that the Investigation Officer must be: 1) from the CID or another Police Station and 2) of a rank higher than that of the person who headed the police party.

3) 31(3)(g): "Any evidence of weapons, such as guns, projectiles, bullets and cartridge cases, should be taken and preserved. Wherever applicable, tests for gunshot residue and trace metal detection should be performed."
31(13): "The police officer(s) concerned must surrender his/her weapons for forensic and ballistic analysis, including any other material, as required by the investigating team, subject to the rights under Article 20 of the Constitution."

So the next requirement is that the weapons used in the incident must be taken away from the police personnel, preserved and sent for ballistic examination. I am unable to understand the connection with Article 20 as it is about non-self incrimination and protection from double jeopardy. Perhaps readers might like to educate me about this.

4) "31(4): A Magisterial inquiry under Section 176 of the Code must invariably be held in all cases of death which occur in the course of police firing and a report thereof must be sent to Judicial Magistrate having jurisdiction under Section 190 of the Code."

So in the Telangana case- the inquiry into the murder of the undertrials must be conducted by a Judicial Magistrate under Section 176, CrPC as the deaths occurred in police custody. But in the Andhra case an inquiry under Section 176 may be conducted by any Magistrate from the Executive or by a judicial Magistrate.

5) "31(15): No out-of-turn promotion or instant gallantry rewards shall be bestowed on the concerned officers soon after the occurrence. It must be ensured at all costs that such rewards are given/recommended only when the gallantry of the concerned officers is established beyond doubt."

So in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, human rights activists and organisations must watch out for the list of awardees of gallantry or police medals or promotion orders that may be given to the officers involved in the in two incidents in future.

6) 31(16): "If the family of the victim finds that the above procedure has not been followed or there exists a pattern of abuse or lack of independent investigation or impartiality by any of the functionaries as above mentioned, it may make a complaint to the Sessions Judge having territorial jurisdiction over the place of incident. Upon such complaint being made, the concerned Sessions Judge shall look into the merits of the complaint and address the grievances raised therein.

I am not sure when this requirement will kick in in the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana cases and how many incidents will be treated as enough to make a pattern. The NHRC has already taken cognizance of both cases.

There are many more directions in the PUCL judgement. Readers may like to go through it themselves. We may disagree with any or all of them, but under Article 142 and 144 of the Constitution they become the law of the land which must be followed scrupulously.

Meanwhile, here are some of the NHRC's guidelines about how post mortem (PM) examination of the bodies of victims must be conducted after incidents of extra-judicial killings occur (2nd attachment):

1) Clothing of the body of the deceased should not be removed by the police or any person. Media reports indicate that the bodies of the victims in the Andhra Pradesh incident had been stripped to their underclothes and their clothes were lying in a heap beside them (See: http://www.tehelka.com/mystery-surrounds-the-killing-of-alleged-20-sandalwood-smugglers/) So the trend of disobeying the law, norms and standards continues after the incident. This is why I have put together these norms and standards.

2) The PM examination must be videographed along with a recording of the voice of the doctor conducting the examination. The Apex Court in the PUCL case has directed that the PM examination must be conducted by two doctors from the District Hospital one of whom should be its head, as far as possible;

3) 20-25 colour photos pf the bodies must be taken from the angles specified by the NHRC. The photography/videography must be done by a person trained in forensic photography and videography;

4) Within 48 hours of such incidents the police must send detailed reports to the NHRC and later on send PM reports, reports of the magisterial inquiry, ballistic examination and most importantly reports containing the names and designations of the officers responsible for the deaths and whether the use of force was justified and the action taken was lawful.

All these directions and guidelines have been laid down and must be followed so that each incident is properly documented, investigated and the guilt of the persons responsible is determined for further action in law. Readers may feel free to correct me if there are any errors in this compilation.

Finally before I part with this compilation, readers may find it inane, when I say that apart from the terrifying nature of these incidents there is a very mundane reason why the citizenry has the right to know the truth- the deceased and the police parties are all citizens of India, the arms and ammunitions and vehicles used are all paid for by the tax payer, the salaries of the perpetrators are also paid from taxpayer funds and the sandalwood trees that were at the centre of the Andhra incident are also public property. The escorting of the five undertrials in Telangana to court was also for a very public purpose. In the age of RTI all these categories of information must be made public in accordance with the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005 because the people have the right to know the truth. I hope readers will use RTI again and again to demand transparency and accountability of actions taken by various authorities about these ghastly incidents.

Please circulate this email widely. 

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Thanks 
Venkatesh Nayak
Programme Coordinator
Access to Information Programme
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
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The people of this country have a right to know every public act, everything, that is done in a public way, by their public functionaries. They are entitled to know the particulars of every public transaction in all its bearing": Justice K K Mathew, former Judge, Supreme Court of India, (1975)

"“Where a society has chosen to accept democracy as its credal faith, it is elementary that the citizens ought to know what their government is doing": Justice P N Bhagwati, former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India, (1981)

"Information is the currency that every citizen requires to participate in the life and governance of society”: Justice A. P. Shah, former Chief Justice, Delhi and Madras High Courts, (2010)



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Today Delhi High Court heard our PIL for Chief IC and 3 ICs Appointments in CIC




Today Delhi High Court heard our PIL for Chief IC and 3 ICs Appointments CIC

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High Court gave Government time till tomorrow morning to give clarifications in Court. Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjai Jain  represented government and Shri Prashant Bhushan, Senior Advocate. 

HC verdict expected tomorrow itself.

03 Petitioners are :

1. Shri RK Jain,

2. Commodore Lokesh Batra (Retd.)

3.  Subhash C Agarwal


For More you can call me.

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Best Regards,
Commodore Lokesh Batra (Retd.) IN - 1967
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Now you see it, now you don't - the mysterious phenomenon of Group of Ministers (GoMs) in the Central Government [2 Attachments]

Dear all,
Readers will remember that one of the major decisions that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government took during the first week of its assumption of power in May 2014 was to abolish the mechanism of Group of Ministers (GoMs) that was a legacy of the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government. According to media reports more than a 100 GoMs and Empowered GoMs (EGoMs) established by the UPA Government were abolished. Apparently there were two reasons behind this decision:

a) it was a move to overcome delays in decision-making within Government; and

b) to give the concerned ministries more space and freedom to perform their jobs efficiently and become accountable for their functioning. 

You can read more about this decision at the following links:




This act of abolishing GoMs and EGoMs was hailed as a signal of breaking away from past practices which had allegedly led to "policy paralysis".

A day later in June 2014 while checking the official press release from the Prime Minister's Office on the Press Information Bureau (PIB) website I found that the actual number of GoMs abolished was 21 and the number of EGoMs abolished was 9. Readers may ascertain this from the PMO's press release accessible at: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-06-01/news/50245981_1_egoms-upa-ii-ministries


Copy of the order abolishing GoMs denied under the RTI Act twice
On 4th June I sought a copy of the order of the PM abolishing the GoMs and EGoMs under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act). The Public Information Officer (PIO) of the PMO promptly transferred the request to the Cabinet Secretariat. Strange that it had to be transferred there because the PIB news release clearly said that it was a decision of the PM. In just a couple of days the PIO of the Cabinet Secretariat transferred this part of the RTI application back to the PMO reasoning that it was a decision taken by the PM. More than 3 weeks later, the PMO sent me an interim reply stating that "the matter has been referred to the office for providing inputs". It is not clear which office the PIO was referring to. After another 3 went by, the PMO's PIO sent a reply with a paragraph long input from an Under Secretary. The gist of the input was that the PM had approved the abolition of the 21 GoMs and 9 EGoMs on 30/06/2014 and that decision had been ratified by the Union Cabinet on 18/6/2014. The PIO did not attach a copy of the decision of abolition to his reply. The entire text of the RTI correspondence is in the 1st attachment.

Instead of filing an appeal, I decided to seek a copy of the order abolishing the GoMs and EGoMs through a second RTI application in September 2014, thinking that the PMO may be ready to supply a copy of the order this time as the matter had gone cold. In my 2nd RTI application I sought not only a copy of the decision to abolish, but also a copy of the Cabinet Note which was referred to the Union Cabinet to ratify the PM's decision. Under the exiting Rules of Cabinet Procedure no decision is taken by the Union Cabinet about any official matter without a Cabinet Note being put before it for discussion.

Surprisingly, the PMO transferred my 2nd RTI application also to the Cabinet Secretariat. This time the CPIO of the Cabinet Secretariat rejected my request invoking Section 8(1)(i) relating to exemptions for Cabinet papers. Soon after, I filed a first appeal arguing that the decision was taken and the matter was complete and over, so the records should be disclosed under the proviso of Section 8(1)(i). In February this year, the First Appellate Authority (FAA) rejected the first appeal on very curious grounds. Although the PIB release and the reply to the 1st RTI application stated clearly that abolition had been decided and ratified by the Cabinet, the FAA let the cat out of the bag stating that there were "residual issues". So the matter was not complete or over despite the decision being taken and ratified (2nd attachment- only the FAA order is scanned as it contains the crux of the RTI application and the PIO's reply). I will of course file the second appeal soon, but even this will a futile exercise until the Chief Information Commissioner is appointed at the Central Information Commission. All 2nd appeals relating to the PMO and Cabinet Secretariat go the Chief Commissioner according to their Work Distribution chart. So the resolution of this matter is contingent upon the appointment of the Chief Information Commissioner.


Juvenile law changes referred to a Group of Ministers
Today a media house has reported that a GoM has been formed by the NDA Government to look into amendments proposed in the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000. to get more information about this development readers may click on: http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=Juvenile-law-changes-sent-to-group-of-mins-08042015019009

So the big question that arises from these developments is- what happened to the initial decision of the NDA Government not to use the GoMs mechanism for carrying out any official work? If the decision was indeed taken by the Hon'ble PM and ratified by the Union Cabinet, what is so problematic with disclosing a copy of the order? If the decision has been taken and ratified, why are there 'residual issues'? What are these 'residual issues'? To reluctantly paraphrase a meme popularised on TV News channels - "it is 11:45am now and the country has the right to know".

Or was the decision itself taken and ratified in reckless disregard for its impact on the working of Government departments on pending issues? Why establish a GoMs afresh in 2015 after deciding to abolish the entire mechanism in 2014, So do GoMs continue to have value for the NDA Government as they did for the UPA Government. Yeah! yeah! we all have the right to know.

The PMO needs to come clean on this needless controversy. As a duly elected Government the NDA has every right to choose its mechanisms for taking decisions within the four corners of the Constitution and the laws of the land. Nobody questions that right. But the Government also must live up to its promise of transparent and accountable governance by making information about such routine matters. Or else the Quest for Transparency mentioned on the PMO website will remain only a 'Quest' with little 'transparency' (http://pmindia.gov.in/en/quest-for-transparency/).

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Venkatesh Nayak
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"“Where a society has chosen to accept democracy as its credal faith, it is elementary that the citizens ought to know what their government is doing": Justice P N Bhagwati, former Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India, (1981)

"Information is the currency that every citizen requires to participate in the life and governance of society”: Justice A. P. Shah, former Chief Justice, Delhi and Madras High Courts, (2010)



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