Reasons for illegal barricading & locking of streets under RTI
The appellant alleged that illegal barricading and locking of streets was being done particularly in Gandhinagar area by some traders, without the permission of local Police, Traffic Police and Fire Brigade. The appellant also alleged that this was in total violation of the guidelines framed by the PHQ, MCD in compliance with Court orders and was causing inconvenience to the residents of the locality. The appellant filed an application under RTI with the Delhi Police (East District) seeking information pertaining to barricading and illegal locking of streets. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed the appellant that barricades are being put in some streets for security reasons and denied the rest of the information stating that they were not related to East District. The appellant filed an appeal with the First Appellate Authority (FAA). The FAA directed the PIO to transfer the matter under section 6(3) of the RTI Act to the PIO, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), South Zone, Shahdara, for necessary action. The appellant submitted that the gates of some streets in Gandhinagar area were locked illegally at the instance of Traders Welfare Associations without consulting the Resident Welfare Associations, which was in violation of the orders of the High Court.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) observed that the respondent had not addressed the main issue of the RTI application which was the alleged illegal locking of gates in Gandhinagar area by the Traders Association. The Commission directed the PIO to inform the appellant whether the alleged locking of gates was legally permitted and whether the permission of the Local Police/ Traffic Police was taken for it.
Citation: Mr. M.K. Kashyap v. Delhi Police, East District in Case No.CIC/SS/A/2012/000100
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/329
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