Citizens' Issues
HC asks UP govt to withdraw unauthorised security cover of 830 people

UP government has provided security cover to 830 people beyond the authorised list. In fact 170 of them had been give security free of cost!

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) has asked the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government to remove unauthorised security cover provided to 830 people and recover the cost from these people within next 15 days.


Social activist Dr Nutan Thakur had filed the PIL. The affidavit signed by Ajay Kumar Singh, DSP, of Security Wing in UP before the HC states, "currently 830 persons beyond the authorised list have been awarded security by the UP Government. Out of these unauthorised persons, 170 have been awarded security free of cost while 650 have been awarded security on payment."


Displaying its displeasure over grant of security personnel to unauthorised persons, the Bench of Justice Imtiyaz Murtaza and Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyaya asked the state government about the money that was not recovered. While directing the UP government to recover the money in 15 days, the High Court said in case the recovery is not made, the senior superintendent of police (SSP) or SP will be held liable for the same.


As per the affidavit, the total expenditure on these persons beyond authorised list comes at Rs4.83 crore. Of this Rs3 crore has been recovered while Rs1.83 crore still needs to be recovered.


The affidavit also mentions names of several persons who have been granted security even without any recommendation from the district security committee (DSC). The HC also directed the state government to immediately withdraw security provided without the recommendation of DSC.


While Dr Thakur has been asked to file her rejoinder reply, the state government has been directed to file reply under signature of the Principal Secretary (Home). The next date of hearing has been fixed on 2 December 2013.


RTI Judgement Series: Publish application details for ration cards suo moto

The CIC directed PIO of Food Supplies and Consumer Affairs department at GNCTD to publish details of application for ration cards suo moto on their website. This is the 189th in a series of important judgements given by former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi that can be used or quoted in an RTI application

The Central Information Commission (CIC), while allowing an appeal, directed the Public Information Officer (PIO) and assistant commissioner at Food Supplies and Consumer Affair department at Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD), to publish details of application for ration cards suo moto under Section 4 of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.


While giving the judgement on 6 July 2009, Shailesh Gandhi, the then Central Information Commissioner said, "The public authority has failed in its duty to provide such information. The public authority must provide details of application for ration cards suo moto under Section 4 and if any of the applications are refused, these must also be declared on its website. Reasons for refusal must also be displayed."


Delhi resident, Ripu Sudan, on 6 March 2009, sought from the PIO information regarding the status of his ration card application. Here is the information he sought and the reply provided by the PIO...


1. In how many days will Appellant's Ration Card be made?

PIO's Reply- It is not concerned with Division.


2. Why is it taking so long time?

PIO's Reply- It will be informed after making.


3. Will compensation be provided to the Appellant for harassment?

PIO's Reply- Nothing


Not satisfied with the PIO's reply, Sudan, the applicant filed his first appeal. However, there was no mention of any order by the First Appellate Authority (FAA).


Sudan then approached the CIC with his second appeal.


During the hearing, Mr Gandhi, the then CIC, noted that Sudan, the appellant had applied for renewal of his ration card in 2007. He had surrendered the old card on 29 May 2007 but has not received any reply from the public authority. He has therefore, asked about the fate of his application, which has not been provided, the Bench observed.


While allowing the appeal, the Bench directed the PIO to "provide the reasons for the delay to the appellant before 20 July 2009". "The PIO will also ensure that the names of those who apply for ration card, dates on which they apply and dates on which ration cards are given should be put up on the websites of the public authority under Section 4 of the RTI Act, 2005. If any applications are rejected, this should also be put up with reasons for rejection. The PIO will ensure that this is done by the public authority before 15th August 2009," the Bench said.




Decision No. CIC/SG/A/2009/001215/3997

Appeal No. CIC/SG/A/2009/001215


Appellant                                            : Ripu Sudan




Respondent                                        : AK Singh,

                                                            Assistant Commissioner,

                                                            Office of the Assistant commissioner,                                                                                        N/W District, Food Supplies & Consumer Affairs,

                                                            GNCT of Delhi, CSC, CC Block,

                                                            Shalimar Bagh, Delhi-110 088        


Info Edge India hit 52-week high after increasing stake in Zomato

Info Edge India share jumped 13% to hit its 52-week high at Rs436.80 on BSE following the company’s additional investment in Zomato Media, an online food guide site

Info Edge (India) Ltd, which runs web portals like, and, saw its share hit a new 52-week high on Thursday after the company said it invested Rs57 crore in Zomato Media Pvt Ltd, that runs, an online food guide portal.

In the early noon trade, Info Edge rose about 13% to Rs436.8 on the BSE, its 52-week high.

In a regulatory filing, Info Edge said it invested additional Rs57 crore, taking its total investment in Zomato Media to Rs143 crore.

According private equity circles, among the various unlisted dotcom properties of Info Edge, alone could be valued at around Rs800 crores, whereas the market cap of company is Rs4,581 crore as per today’s closing price.

In a release, Zomato said it received a funding of $37 million from Sequoia Capital and Info Edge, taking its total funding to over $53 million. Earlier, Info Edge had invested $16.5 million in Zomato.

"This financing will help us develop a product that will change the way people look for restaurant recommendations around them," said Deepinder Goyal, founder and chief executive of Zomato. 

Info Edge closed Thursday 10.1% higher at Rs419.7 on the BSE, while the 30-share benchmark ended marginally down at 20,288.


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