Citizens' Issues
IM terrorist Yasin Bhatkal to be handed over to NIA

Bhatkal, one of India’s most wanted terrorists, was picked up by security agencies along the Bihar-Nepal border last night and will be handed over to the NIA for probe

Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, key accused in Hyderabad and Mumbai blasts, was on Thursday arrested from the Indo-Nepal border after being on the run for over five years.


Bhatkal, one of India’s most wanted terrorists, was picked up by security agencies along with another IM leader Akhtar. He will be handed over to National Investigation Agency (NIA) for probe.


Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters outside the Parliament, “Yasin Bhatkal was traced along the Bihar-Nepal border last night by our intelligence agencies. He is under the custody of Bihar police and the interrogation has been going on. Till now, this is the only information I can give you”.


Bhatkal is wanted by NIA in several cases of terror activities and waging war against the country. NIA, which has registered cases under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act against him, had also announced a reward of Rs10 lakh for his capture.


Yasin, also known as Mohammed Ahmed Siddhibappa, along with three aides Tahaseen Akhtar Wasim Aktar Shaikh (23), Asadulla Akhtar Javed Akhtar (26) and Waqas alias Ahmed (26) were allegedly behind three coordinated bomb explosions at Opera House, Zaveri Zazaar and Dadar West in Mumbai on July 13, 2011, leaving 27 dead and 130 injured.


The IM leader is wanted in a string of terror attacks in Ahmedabad, Surat, Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad.


In February, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) had announced a reward of Rs10 lakh each to anyone giving information on Yasin and the three aides.


Except Tahaseen, who planted a bomb in the Dadar blast, the rest three were also involved in the four co-ordinated low-intensity explosions, which struck the busy arterial road in the heart of Pune city on 1 August 2012. Eight accused had been arrested in this connection.


In December 2011, Delhi police had also announced a reward of Rs 15 lakh for any information leading to the arrest of Yasin in several terror cases, including three in Delhi.


While Yasin hails from Bhatkal in Karnataka, Tahaseen is from Samastipur in Bihar while Asadullah is from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh.


Yasin, who co-founded IM in 2008 along with brother Riaz Bhatkal, is also wanted in the German Bakery bomb blast in Pune on 13 February 2010, that left 17 dead.


The IM was designated a terrorist group by the government under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act in June, 2010.


The banned outfit was declared by the US as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in 2011.


Asaram Bapu to face arrest if he fails to turn up for questioning on Friday

Jodhpur police said they will wait until 30th August and if the self-styled godman fails to appear before them for questioning, then would take further action

Controversial self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor, will face arrest if he fails to appear before the Jodhpur Police on Friday.


Jodhpur Police Commissioner Biju George Joseph told reporters that, “We will wait until 30th August as per the deadline of the summons served on him and if he fails to turn up by Friday, we will send a team to arrest him on 31st August”.


72-year-old Asaram had sought extension in the date of appearance before the investigation officer of the case at Jodhpur citing he had various pre-decided religious fixtures lined up till 19th September.


Yesterday, DCP Ajay Pal Lamba had said that police will wait till 30th August  and if the self-styled godman fails to appear before them for questioning, further course of action would be decided on that day.


Meanwhile, three other accused, including Shilpi (the warden of the hostel at Gurukul), Keshav (attendant of Gurukul) and Shiva (caretaker of Asaram, who was with him at Manai ashram on the day of incident) will appear before the investigating officer for interrogation.


According to the DCP, Shilpi and Keshav had sent the 16-year-old girl to Jodhpur for a ritual to ward off evil spirits for which Asaram had wanted to be alone in the room with the minor on the night of 15th August, and Shiva had threatened the girl against disclosing the incident to anyone.


Asaram’s son Narayan Sai, in comments, which could stroke a controversy, had claimed that the minor girl who levelled the allegations is “mentally unstable”.


Meanwhile, Janata Dal (U) president Sharad Yadav has said, "Asaram Bapu is making mockery of law. It also shows the failure of the government that no action has been taken against him yet."


After meeting the supporters of the self-styled godman, the JD-U chief said, "I told his supporters to go to police station instead of coming here. He (Asaram) should surrender to the law and join the investigation".


RTI Judgement Series: MCD not bothered to retrieve Wilson Survey report

MCD gave the Wilson Survey report to a private firm and nobody bothered to retrieve it. The CIC directed the additional commissioner to retrieve the report and provide a copy to the appellant. This is 164th 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 additional commissioner for establishment at Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to obtain the Wilson Survey report from a private firm and provide copy of page no230 to the appellant.


While giving this judgement on 12 July 2011, Shailesh Gandhi, the then Central Information Commissioner said, “The survey report was given to INTACH in 2007 and nobody in MCD seems to have bothered to retrieve it from INTACH. The additional commissioner for establishment at MCD is directed to retrieve the Wilson Survey report and provide a copy of sheet no. 230 of the said report to the Appellant before 10 August 2011.”


New Delhi resident Ved Prakash Sharma, on 19 October 2010, sought from the Public Information Officer (PIO) of Land and Estate Department at MCD information about the Wilson Survey carried out by the MCD. Here is the information he sought and the reply provide by the PIO under the RTI Act...


1. In the year 1910-11-12, there was a survey by the permission of the Municipal Committee Delhi which is popularly known as Wilson Survey.

Please furnish details from that survey Sheet No.230 which is related to the Pahadganj.         

PIO's reply- Wilson Survey Sheet had been provided to the Municipal Employment Department. Later, as per DC/City Zone requirement, the record was given to the Assistant Commissioner, Akhil Ahmed of Building Department/City Zone dated 25 November 2007 letter no.D/205/DC/C-2//2007 on 16 October 2007. The Appellant could enquire for the city areas as per his own convenience.


Citing information provided by the PIO as unsatisfactory, Sharma, the appellant filed his first appeal.


In his order, the First Appellate Authority (FAA) directed the PIO to provide the correct information to the appellant within seven days failing which the penal provision of the act will be invoked against him.


On 7 April 2011, the PIO replied saying, "As per the record of Municipal Corporation of Delhi City Area, Wilson survey Sheet charge has been given to the M/s INTACH dated 14 July 2009."


Not satisfied with the PIO's reply, Sharma then approached the CIC with his second appeal.


During the hearing, Mr Gandhi noted that the appellant has been seeking sheet no230 of the Wilson Survey report. He said, "The RTI application has been sent to various PIOs and it now emerges that this appears to have been given to INTACH in 2007 and nobody in MCD seems to have bothered to retrieve it from INTACH."


The PIOs present before the Bench were not clear as to who should retrieve from INTACH.


While allowing the appeal, Mr Gandhi, directed the additional commissioner for establishment (MCD) to retrieve the Wilson Survey report and provide a copy of sheet no. 230 of the said report to Sharma before 10 August 2011.




Decision No. CIC/SG/A/2011/001421/13402

Appeal No. CIC/SG/A/2011/001421



Appellant                                       : Ved Prakash Sharma

                                                                  New Delhi-110055


Respondent                                   : TP Sharma

                                                            PIO & AC,

                                                            Land and Estate Department

                                                            Municipal Corporation of Delhi

                                                            7th Floor, Civic Centre, Minto Road,

                                                            New Delhi           


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