CIC cracks whip on NHAI for non-compliance of its order
Apprehending that many heads may roll following the expose of large scale missing of files, applications for absorption of many candidates and other sensitive documents etc, the authority at NHAI have tried deliberately to delay and dilute the enquiry report submitted by the inquiry officer in pursuance to the CIC order.
It was the Millennium Post which had published a report titled After CIC rap, NHAI files papers in HC on Whistleblower’s charges’ on 17 April. Taking cognisance of the report that though the stipulated time of enquiring within 3 weeks have elapsed and no report has yet been received, the CIC has now written to NHAI on 21 April against non-compliance of commission’s order and directed the agency to immediately submit the action taken report along with enquiry report to the commissioner.
The case relates to whistleblower DP Majhi who had appealed before the CIC for not receiving requisitioned documents from NHAI under RTI Act, which he needed as evidence in an ongoing court case against NHAI in Delhi high court.
However, NHAI first denied receipt of these documents in their court affidavits, then after proof of submission was provided by the appellant, NHAI did not respond to his first appeal. Then Majhi complained in the CIC which vide its decision dated 20 January 2014 directed NHAI for ‘Thorough Enquiry’ on ‘missing applications’ to be completed and Enquiry Report intimation to Commission within 3 weeks. However, though 3 months have elapsed, NHAI has not complied with the CIC direction to intimate the same to the appellate and the CIC. The CIC has last week directed NHAI with copy to the road transport secretary, to submit the ATR and Enquiry Report ‘immediately’.