Right to Information
RTI Judgement Series: When different people are shown as coach, manager for same Olympic

The appellant received two sets of different names as coach and manager who had gone with the Indian wrestling team to the Beijing Olympics. This is the 206th in a series of important RTI judgements given by former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi


The Central Information Commission (CIC), while allowing an appeal, directed the Public Information Officer (PIO) of Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi, to look at the records based on which the information was provided to the appellant and also confirm with the IOA about the names of the coach and the manager who had gone with the wrestling team to the Bejing Olympics.


While giving the judgement on 9 August 2010, under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, Shailesh Gandhi, the then Central Information Commissioner, said, "It is indeed a sad comment that trying to get information about the officials who went with the national team leads to such contradictory results."


Delhi resident, Ashok Bhasin, on 4 February 2009, sought from the PIO information regarding players, officials and coaches in international events. Here is the information the appellant had sought...


Participation of players, officials, coaches in International events, Olympic Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and World Championships for the last 3 years till date.


The PIO, however, forwarded the information as received from the Sports Branch whereby Bhasin, the appellant was informed that the information sought did not pertain to the Sports Branch.


Bhasin, citing unsatisfactory information provided by the PIO, filed his first appeal. There was no mention of any order from the First Appellate Authority (FAA).


Bhasin, then approached the CIC with his second appeal. He stated that the information provided by the PIO in compliance with the FAA’s order vide letter dated 14 May 2010 was incomplete.


During the hearing, Mr Gandhi, the then CIC, observed that the appellant has sought details of the players and officials who were sent to various International sporting events. The Bench noted that Bhasin, the appellant had obtained this list for the Beijing Olympics Games 2008 and has drawn the attention of the CIC to a significant inconsistency.


The list given to Bhasin by the Directorate of Education showed that Satpal, the additional DE (Sports) and Rampal, (Wrestling Coach) had gone for the Olympic Games from Indian Olympic Association (IOA).


On the other hand, Bhasin showed a letter of 12 April 2010 from the Indian Olympic Association giving a list of athletes and officials who had gone to the Beijing Olympics. This list showed Piara Ram Sondhi as coach and Kartar Singh as manager.


"Thus information obtained from IOA and from the Directorate of Education’s Sport Branch show different coaches and managers as having gone in the wrestling team to the Beijing Olympics," Mr Gandhi noted.


Bhasin claimed that though Mr Rampal has gone as wrestling coach on behalf of Delhi Government, the entire credit and rewards as coach for the Bronze Medal won by Sushil Kumar was given to Mr Satpal.


While allowing the appeal, Mr Gandhi, directed the PIO to confirm with the records and also get confirmation from the IOA and inform the appellant about the names of the manager and the coach of the wrestling team who went to the Beijing Olympics to the appellant before 10 September 2010.




Decision No. CIC/SG/A/2010/001816/8875




Appeal No. CIC/SG/A/2010/001816



Appellant                                                        : Ashok Bhasin

                                                                             The Delhi Sportsmen Association,

                                                                             1618, Chandrawal Road,



Respondent                                                    : Anjum Masood

                                                                            Public Information Officer & Additional Director

                                                                            Directorate of Education,

                                                                            Government of N.C.T. of Delhi,

                                                                            RTI Cell, Room No. 220,

                                                                            Old Secretariat, Delhi-110054


FTC issues new set of recommendations to prevent cramming by telcos

The US FTC recommended telecom companies to prevent cramming, which is the illegal practice of hiding unauthorized charges, including giving customers express right to block third-party charges and developing a transparent process for resolving disputes


About four weeks after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a multimillion-dollar complaint against T-Mobile on cramming issues, the agency on Monday issued a report on how mobile carriers and others should protect consumers from it.

A press release lists five recommendations for companies to follow to prevent cramming, which is the illegal practice of hiding unauthorized charges, including giving customers the express right to block third-party charges and developing a transparent process for resolving disputes. The agency brought three cases of mobile cramming in 2013, which resulted in more than $160 million in judgments.

In response to the July 1 complaint against T-Mobile, USA CEO John Legere said there were protections already in place and blamed the third-party providers for acting irresponsibly. The FTC alleges in its complaint that T-Mobile used third-party billing to collect up to 40 percent of the total amount charged to customers.

On Tuesday, the FTC announced that a California federal court had “temporarily halted” a mobile phone cramming scheme that allegedly bilked more than $100 million from unknowing consumers. Previously, the FTC brought a complaint against the six defendants that accused them of tricking consumers into providing their mobile phone numbers with bogus offers and gift cards posted on fake websites.

For more tips on protecting yourself from cramming and other types of cell phone fraud, click here.

Courtesy: TruthInAdvertising.org


Campa Cola case: SC issue notices to Maharashtra govt, BMC

Residents of Campa Cola society, in their plea had said that there is a provision by which even  unauthorised constructions are regularised after paying penalties and other charges


The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to Maharashtra government and BrihanMumbai Municipal Corp (BMC) in the Campa cola case. Residents of the unauthorised flats at Campa Cola society, had filed a plea seeking yet another chance to negotiate with the BMC for saving their flats.


A Bench headed by Justice SJ Mukhopadhaya issued notice to the state government and the municipal body, which are returnable in two weeks.


In their plea, the residents had claimed said that there is a provision by which even the unauthorised constructions are regularised after paying penalties and other charges.



Meenal Mamdani

3 years ago

I think we will see regularization of these flats eventually as the residents are not ordinary folk but very wealthy, well connected people.
Unfortunately, this will send a message to the builders and the corrupt babus to continue this blatant flouting of the rules.

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