Administrative action to be taken against first appellate authority
An application was filed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the town planning department of the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) in Mumbai seeking the details of a recreational ground at Sheetal Nagar in Mira Road.
When the MBMC's junior engineer failed to provide the information in 30 days, the applicant filed the first appeal with the Assistant Director in the town planning department. When the Assistant Director also failed to furnish the information, the appellant approached the State Information Commission (SIC) bench at Konkan region.
The SIC, after finding the civil engineer guilty of withholding information under RTI Act, has imposed a penalty of Rs. 25,000/- on Umesh Avchar under the RTI Act. Apart from this, the SIC also directed the municipal corporation to take administrative action against the first appellate authority, the Assistant Director Satyavan Dhangave.