IAS officer’s wife wages RTI battle
Shweta Ganesh Kumar
Posted Sunday , June 24, 2007 at 17:14
Updated Sunday , June 24, 2007 at 17:35
PROTESTING ON THE WEB: Jayashree insists the website is more than a way of showing her support to her husband.
Bangalore: An IAS officer and his wife are fighting back against corruption, demanding their Right To Information after six transfers this year.
Six transfers in as many months; IAS officer M N Vijaykumar has been through hell. And all the while his wife Jayashree stood with him. She even opened a website to expose the corrupt practices within the Karnataka Government. Their efforts prompted the Lok Ayukta to order the chief secretary to respond to Vijayakumar‘s application under the Right to Information Act by June 27.
Vijayakumar had asked for reasons behind his frequent transfers. The reply is yet to come, but he has got another letter from chief secretary P B Mahishi. The government has asked him to close the website run by his wife, and hints at legal action if he doesn’t fall in line.
“They are questioning why I’ve opened a website? They say I’ve done it on the behest of my husband. They are ignoring my entity. They said I cannot do anything till I disassociate from my husband,” says Jayashree, Vijaykumar‘s wife, who opened ‘Fight Corruption’, the website to wage her husband’s battle.
Jayashree approached the women’s commission which has directed the chief secretary to appear for a hearing on Monday. When contacted, Mahishi refused to comment on the issue. Jayashree, on her part, insists that the website is more than a way of showing her support to her husband.
“Our focus is in bringing good governance to Karnataka. We are fighting to that end,” insists Jayashree.
The RTI Act was instituted to ensure the common man’s right to information. But when it’s the very right that is questioned, then there’s scant little that the common man can do.