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Mumbai: Fined for RTI delay, BMC engineer late to pay up too

It seems like a junior engineer of the P/North ward of the BMC prefers being fashionably late. After failing to reply to an RTI plea filed by activist Yogesh Keny on time, Kuber Shinde, the engineer, failed to stick to the deadline for submitting the fine of Rs 5,000 too.

Yogesh Keny received the cheque almost three months after deadline
Yogesh Keny received the cheque almost three months after deadline

Keny had filed an RTI request on July 9, 2015 asking for the number of illegal constructions the ward had demolished in the past year. But after he didn’t receive a response in the stipulated 30 days, he filed a first appeal on November 3, 2015. The ward officer heard the matter and slammed Shinde for delaying the reply while asking him to respond soon.

When Shinde still managed to not provide Keny with the information, the 41-year-old activist, filed a second appeal with the state Chief Information Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad, who heard the case on December 21 last year. Gaikwad asked Shinde to submit a fine of Rs 5,000 and give Keny information, both by March 16, 2016.

But since delaying matters appears to be his strongest suit, Shinde only gave Keny the information on deadline. “Information copy was given to me on March 16 but the cheque of the fine dated May 26, reached me on June 10,” Keny told mid-day.

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