Rti: Man gets video of ‘bribe’ via RTI | Ahmedabad News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: Using the Right to Information Act (RTI) as a tool to fight corruption, a 36-year-old man from Odhav has got footage of an incident where two men, suspected to be cops in civil dress, accepted bribe money. The citizen, using the footage obtained through RTI, filed an application of complaint with Odhav police.
According to a complaint to Gujarat DGP Vikas Sahay and Ahmedabad city police commissioner Sanjay Srivastav, Rashmikant Parmar said he was standing near the fire brigade junction in Odhav on January 27, when two men in an SUV stopped near him.
“The two men looked like cops in civil dress. They asked me what had happened to their money. I went closer to them and asked them what had happened. One of them told me they had given me instructions on the phone. Meanwhile, a man on a scooter came there and told them that he was the man they were looking for. The two men then began talking to him,” said Parmar, who runs a machine tools business.
Parmar said the man on the scooter gave the two men a bundle of Rs 500 notes. They took the money and threatened Parmar with dire consequences if he told anyone about the incident.
Parmar said he suspected they had carried out an illegal activity. On February 14, he filed an RTI application with the city police control room and sought footage from the cameras at the crossroads. Parmar got a CD from the city police control room’s office on February 26, which contained video of the incident.
He first filed an application with Odhav police seeking action . Alleging the inaction by Odhav police, Parmar moved a plea with the Gujarat DGP and Ahmedabad CP. Odhav police inspector J S Kandoria said they have begun a probe to find out who the two men were. “We are also ascertaining if the two were cops or private individuals,” said Kandoria.

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