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AAP accused of disregarding RTI

Wednesday, 26 February 2014 - 12:14pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: iamin.in

Arvind Kejriwal, who had been a key-campaigner for the implementation of Right to Information act at grass root level, fails to provide information under the RTI Act.

In a press conference held on February 25 at Gandhi Peace Foundation at ITO, Delhi, Rakesh Agrawal, Secretary Nyayabhoomi, a Delhi-based NGO working against corruption and to improve auto rickshaw service, slammed Arvind Kejriwal for violating the provisions of the Right to Information Act (RTI).

Agrawal alleged Aam Admi Party has failed to provide information sought by the NGO under the RTI Act.

According to Agrawal, Nyayabhoomi has filed 13 RTI applications to AAP from October 2013 till date but none of the applications have been acknowledged. The applications were filed seeking information pertaining to funds received by AAP by way of donations and memberships, details of expenses, statement of party's bank accounts, internal elections, candidates selection process and evidence of corruption by politicians labelled as corrupt by Kejriwal.

Agrawal further criticized AAP for not being transparent about the changes Kejriwal demands in the Jan Lokpal Bill, which became basis for the AAP government to step down.

In August 2013, when the UPA government tried to keep political parties out of the ambit of RTI Act, Aam Admi Party created a hue and cry accusing BJP and Congress of playing into the hands of corrupt business houses.

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