RTI activist goes missing in Delhi

New Delhi: A 38-year-old RTI activist, who had helped expose the MCD 'ghost employees' scam, went missing from east Delhi since Thursday and was "traced" in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Saturday.

Shiv Kumar Tiwari, who had carried out a sting operation on NDMC officials and Delhi Police personnel for taking bribe and filed a complaint in the the MCD 'ghost employees' case, has gone missing from east Delhi's Ghazipur two days ago.

"We have traced him to Muzaffarnagar and is being brought to Delhi," a senior police official said. However, he did not provide further details.

Tiwari is a florist who owns a shop in Connaught Place and had gone to buy flowers from Ghazipur market in the early hours of Thursday along with one of his employees Chandan when he went missing.

Police had registered a case soon after the family approached police about the incident.

After it was alleged that MCD officials were involved in fraudulent withdrawal of salaries on behalf of hundreds of non-existent employees, it was revealed that 22,853 gardeners and sweepers were 'ghost' employees on the civic agency's payrolls and salary had been drawn on their behalf.

It had caused a loss of about Rs 500 crore to the public exchequer in five years.