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Odisha RTI Activist murder case : National body demands impartial probe

Odisha RTI Activist murder case : National body demands impartial probe

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The National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) expresses deep shock and anguish over the alleged murder of RTI activist Kripasindhu Sahu in Odisha and demand swift and impartial investigation into the cause and motive behind his killing. In a press release the organisatin said, Mr. Sahu had obtained information under the RTI Act that brought to the fore “huge corruption and irregularities in BGREI fund sanctioned for development of agriculture by influential and powerful political people”. This disclosure allegedly motivated affected persons, who belong to the ruling political party, to plan and execute Mr. Sahu’s alleged murder
at the behest of contract killers.
Though an FIR has been registered in Mr. Sahu’s alleged murder, disturbing trends of callous investigation and suggests that the independence of the investigating agency may have been compromised at the behest of powerful persons involved in Mr.Sahu’s alleged murder, the press release said.
The death of Mr. Sahu under such suspicious circumstances adds to the long list of tragedies that highlight the clear and present danger to all RTI users face from vested interests that are allowed to operate with impunity. NCPRI demands that the Government of Odisha act swiftly to identify Mr. Sahu assailants and bring them to justice, added the
release, signed by the some of prominent RTI activist of the country like Nikhil Dey, Anjali Bhardwaj, Venkatesh Nayak, Bhaskar Prabhu, Rakesh Dubuddu, Shaikh Ghulam Rasool.
They added “In the wake of reports of increased victimisation of whistleblowers like Mr. Sahu across India, it is important to reiterate that the primary duty of the State is to protect each one of its citizens, particularly those at greater risk because they are crusading for transparency and accountability. After immense public pressure, the Parliament passed the Whistleblower’s Protection Act (WBPA) in February 2014. The Act received Presidential assent on the 9th of May 2014 and was notified in the Gazette of India on the 12th. However, even after seven months the Act is yet to be operationalized as the Central Government has failed to frame Rules to supplement the Act. To prevent victimization of whistleblowers, the NCPRI urges the Central Government to operationalize the WBPA in its present form by
framing appropriate Rules and Regulations without further delay.” : Developping Odia News websites

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