RTI should not be casualty of corrupt babus: Moily

Union Law Minister also said it is quite disturbing to hear about threats to RTI activists.

Last Updated: Sep 13, 2010, 22:26 PM IST

New Delhi: The Right To Information (RTI)
should not become a casualty of corrupt bureaucrats and others
and it is quite disturbing to hear about threats to RTI
activists, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said today.

Reacting to murder of RTI activists in parts of the
country, he said "there are instances of attacks on RTI
activists. Some of them are Amit Jethwa, an environmentalist
in Gujarat, and Satish Shetty, an activist in Maharashtra.

"These attacks and killings have to be taken seriously
and dealt with an iron hand," Moily said at the 5th annual
convention of Central Information Commission here.

"The RTI should not become the casualty of corrupt
bureaucrats and others. It is quite disturbing to hear about
the threats given to RTI activists."

Later, speaking to PTI on the sideline of the function,
Moily said "if any law is necessary, we will definitely use
but law administering authorities in respective states will
have to deal with this strictly and severely."

He said in his address that the Whistle blowers` Bill,
giving protection to civil servants and raising issues of
corruption, has been finalised and will be introduced in the
coming winter session of Parliament.

-PTI