Although i had decided not to join issues with you, but I could'nt resist this one...
While you have leveled charges against Mr. Gandhi, I wonder if you have any evidence. As far as I know
(a) Private interns employed by Mr. Gandhi are law students. It is a practise adopted in almost all courts including High Courts and I think in SC also.
(b) You claim these students taking home scanned files, I wonder why? What would they do with those files? Can the sarkari babus also not takes the files home? Most staff at CIC is contract staff you must remember!!! Can they also not do it rather they must be doing it?
(c) I have attended a few hearings before SG and I could observe that his orders have RTI petitions/Response of CPIO/ AA authority's response pre typed. I do not see anything wrong in this..In 99% of cases he gives his decisions instantly and he dictates his orders during the appeals instantly. In few cases, where he reserves his orders, he provides an elaborate reasoning of his orders unlike other ICs, who says one thing during hearing and say another in their orders.
(d) Infact, other ICs, take defensive positions on behalf of CPIO during hearings. There are wise men and women who deny information u/s 7(9)..I wonder if you had temerity of writing against them...One IC said during hearing that RTI is extra work for public authorities and they do not like doing that...I asked her paying income tax is an unproductive expense for me and can she get an exemption for me from it????
(e) Pen drives/CDs full of information being given by SG to NCPRI pals..I don't know..Maybe you have proof...Similarly there could be other ICs leaking the information...But I wonder if there is any confidential information in CIC, which is worthy of leak??
Dear Mr Mittal
If you go through the CIC's old minutes of meetings, you would find
somewhere that Shailesh Gandhi assumed the responsibility of
digitising the entire CIC. I'm sure that you would recall that prior
to his becoming IC, Mr SG had been constantly promoting digitisation
as the universal panacea to solve all the CIC's ills. The reason why
digitisation has slowed down is precisely because of the poor example
SG's own digitisation had set. Let me recount a few of these.
1) Private interns paid for from SG's own funds taking home scanned files.
2) Private RTI consultants being provided scanned copies of plaints
pending before SG, draft orders being prepared in consultation with
P/As prior to hearings so that SG would only have to "fill in the
blanks" by looking at his computer screen during hearings etc.
3) Pen drives / CDs full of information obtained by Mr SG being given
free of cost to Mr SG's NCPRI pals.
and so on