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Power of RTI – Special Audit of Jalgaon Municipal Corporation (JMC)

Posted by ekavi on July 18, 2006

Power of RTI – Special Audit of Jalgaon Municipal Corporation (JMC)



Due to several ongoing protests, PILs in court & finally the below RTI app (final nail in the coffin !), govt. has agreed to conduct a special audit of the JMC for the Gharkul scam. You may recall that this scam was blown by whistleblower, Shri Praveen Gedam (IAS officer) who registered an FIR against more than 90 corporators who are accused in this scam. Not surprisingly, he was transferred within 9 months from the post of Commissioner, JMC and posted as CEO, ZP, Latur.

The reply to this RTI app dated 11th July, 2006 is awaited, but action has been taken !

Kudos to RTI !

Relevant extract of RTI :

(iii) Description of information required :

Certified copies of information required, as stated below, including file notings, if any.

1) Whether the government has received any letter from the Municipal Commissioner, Jalgaon, requesting it to conduct “special audit” of JMC, as per the BLFA Act and section 108 of the BPMC Act?

2) If yes, what action has been taken by the government with respect to the above mentioned letter?

3) With respect to the above, kindly furnish copies of the file notings alongwith the dates, and the names and designations of the persons who have made these notings.

4) With whom (name and designation) is the file pending right now and since when?

5) If the file has been pending with any authority for more than seven days, what disciplinary action has been taken against them according to the government circular No Sankirna/1005/34/Pra. Kra. 38/2005/18 (Ra & Ka), Dated 17-04-2005

6) Kindly furnish the copies of audit paras from the audit report of JMC conducted by the AG, Mumbai between November, 2005 and January, 2006.

Rajesh Darak

Mera Bharat Mahaan…Nahi Hai,
Per Yeh Dosh Mera Hai


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Posted by ekavi on July 13, 2006

Dear Friends of WB,

The transfer of 28 year old, honest IAS officer, Shri Praveen (not ‘Pravin’) Gedam is a malafide transfer similar to that of Sudhakar Pujari of MPSC.

We must expose this sudden malafide transfer, since he has not completed even one year and he has filed FIRs against more than 90 corporators and the same is under investigation (going on at an snail’s pace due to political pressure on police).

A no. of PILs on this issue have been already filed at Aurangabad High Court by local corporator Narendra Patil & others. Govt. (UDD which is with CM) has proved its malafide intentions by sending illegal letter to Gedam restraining him from any further action on any other corruption matters.

Refer below letter sent by Whistleblower India on 16/2/2006 (Valentine Day)individually to the following authorities :

1)The President of India,
Rashtrapati Bhawan,
New Delhi

2)Ms. Sonia Gandhi,
Congress Party President,
10, Janpath,
New Delhi – 110 001

3)Dr. Manmohan Singh,
Prime Minister,
New Delhi

4)Mr. S.M. Krishna,
Governor, Maharashtra,
Raj Bhawan, Malabar Hill,
Mumbai – 400 035

5)Mr. Vilasrao Deshmukh,
Chief Minister, Maharashtra,
Mumbai – 400 032

6)Mr. R.R.Patil ,
Deputy Chief Minister, Maharashtra,
Mumbai – 400 032

7)Mr. R.M. Premkumar,
Chief Secretary, Maharashtra,
Mumbai – 400 032

8)Mr. Ramanand Tiwari,
Secretary, Urban Development Department, Maharashtra State,
Mumbai – 400 032

9)Dr. P.S. Pasricha
Director General of Police, Maharashtra State,
State Police Head Quarters, Opposite Regal Cinema,

10)Shri Vasant Koregaokar
Superintendent of Police,
Maharashtra State

Letter :

16th February 2006

Respected Madam / Sir,

Subject: FIR registered against 90 former and serving corporators based on complaint filed by a whistleblower, Jalgaon Municipal Commissioner, Shri Praveen Gedam – Apprehension of miscarriage of justice; appeal for personal intervention.

Shri Praveen Gedam, 28 – year old, Jalgaon Municipal Commissioner, has blown the whistle on a public housing scam and based on his complaint an FIR has been registered against over 100 people under the Prevention of Corruption Act, for misusing public funds and misleading the govt. The accused include sitting mayor, deputy mayor, etc. and cut across partylines, viz. Congress, BJP, NCP, Shiv Sena and others.

Though Shri Praveen Gedam filed the complaint on the 27th January, 2006, the FIR was registered by the police only on the 3rd February, 2006.

None of the accused have been arrested or interrogated so far.

The police is not opposing the anticipatory bail applications of the accused on the unconstitutional ground that it will curtail the liberty of the accused.

As a result of police inaction, the accused are sending defamation notices to Shri Praveen Gedam.

We request you to encourage, support and protect the whistleblower, Shri Praveen Gedam so that the culprits get convicted and the whistleblower does not get murdered as had happened in case of whistleblowers, Satyendra Dubey and Manjunath.

We expect your immediate, strong-willed and result-oriented
intervention to ensure that the police stops favouring the accused and starts investigating the offence.

With regards,

Yours truly,

Rajesh Darak, (Secretary)
(An action group for whistleblowers in India)
Address for Correspondence :
8, Varsha, North South Road No. 5, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai – 400 056.
Tel. : +91- (0)22 – 2614 0519  /  2614 0957

Rajesh Darak

Mera Bharat Mahaan…Nahi Hai,
Per Yeh Dosh Mera Hai.

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