Saturday, 30 June 2012

RTI Application on Willingdon Sports Club, Mumbai

To:-- The CPIO under the RTI Act of India, or incumbent thereof, Willingdon Sports Club, K Khadye Marg, Tulsiwadi, Mumbai 400 034

dtd: 30th June 2012
Greetings & Jai Hind!!  Most humbly request information under the RTI Act of India, 2005,  please provide me with the following information. THIS INFORMATION IS SOUGHT by me, an Indian Citizen, ALSO IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, this RTI Application shall be mounted on the public domain, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR. In this context, please also read the following decision from the office of the Central Information Commission, which has relevance to this RTI query.


a) Please provide me with full and precise information on  rules, regulations and byelaws of your Public Authority, the Willingdon Sports Club.
b) Please provide me with full and precise information on terms and conditions of lease with the Bombay Municipal Corporation, from inception to-date.
c) Please provide me with full and precise information on adherence in selection of members at your Public Authority to reservations, if any, for people from SC/ST and EWS.
d) Please provide me with full and precise information on "substantially financed" as defined by the RTI Act of India, to your Public Authority, since inception.
e) If any of the above said statutory records are not available, the complete details of how it was destroyed / weeded out in each case..

f) Electronic access to the catalogue (or catalogues) of all records of your public authority duly indexed in a manner and the form to facilitate right to information, either over the computer networks or in the form of a diskette or other electronic media at the prescribed fees.

Sent by eMail and signed hard copy, self-verified as citizen of India, (signed) and humbly submitted,

from:- Veeresh Malik, D-61, Defence Colony, New Delhi -110024 mobile 0-99118-25500
Note 1:-Application fee of Rs. 10/- in cash shall be submitted within 30 days as per procedure laid down by DoP&T at PIO, Willingdon Sports Club, Mumbai, or at any one of the nominated APIOs located at the specified Post Offices in India, and a copy of this application along with receipt shall be sent to you co-terminus. Interim, you are requested to commence processing this RTI Application as per the RTI Act-2005 with effect from date of submission of this electronic copy, also as per the RTI Act-2005.

Note 2:- The public authority, Willingdon Sports Club Mumbai, has not yet published their arrangements to accept / accompany electronic payments for e-filings as per section 6 of the Information Technology Act 2000, is requested to do same, - and hence I am constrained to go to extra expense / trouble to file a routine email request by Postal Department also.

Note 3:- I wish to specify that you may please not provide to me that information (or particular portion thereof) which would impede the prosecution of offenders under any law of India, and also any personal information which is unconnected with any public activity/interest or which invades the privacy of any person. THIS INFORMATION IS ALSO SOUGHT IN THE LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR.

Noe 4:- Humbly also submitted that section 8(2) of RTI Act clearly mentions that “A public authority may allow access to information, if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the protected interests”. In present case even section 8(1)(j) is applicable for the information sought. Also it leaves no scope to invoke section 11 of RTI Act for seeking ‘third party’ comments. However since various CIC-verdicts allow protection in form of hiding certain information likely to be misused, bank-details etc in the sought information may be hided by putting a whitener on the relevant portions of the documents to be provided.  In case RTI petition relates to some other public-authority, please transfer this RTI petition to CPIO there under section 6(3) of RTI Act.

(Postal-order number __________________ _______________ for rupees ten is enclosed with signed hard-copy towards RTI fees in name of “Accounts Officer” as per DoPT circular-number No.F.10/9/2008-IR dated 05.12.2008.)


with copies to all affilliated clubs of this club.


V Malik said...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Veeresh Malik
Date: 3 July 2012 11:26
Subject: Re: RTI Application / Willingdon Spors Club Mumbai / 30un2012 / Veeresh Malik
To: Secretary
Cc: Veeresh Malik

Dear Cmde. Bhagat, VSM,

At the outset itself, I would strongly suggest and recommend that you
clarify for the purposes of this correspondence whether you are a
serving officer of the Indian Armed Forces, or retired, or otherwise,
since the same is not clear from your signature and may well be a
cause for mis-representation on your part with a view to possible
intimidate me.

I sincerely do not wish to prefer an official complaint to the Office
of the Chief of Naval Staff and/or the Ministry of Defence on this
account, but if you persist in this blatant misrepresentation, then I
shall be left with no alternative but to do so.

Shri Bhagat, I am not here seeking favours from you, and nor do I find
you competent enough to pre-judge on whether your Willingdon Sports
Club is/are covered under the RTI Act of India or not. Having said
that, it is my submission and contention that the Willingdon Sports
Club, Mumbai, Royal or otherwise, is most certainly "substantially
financed" as per the RTI Act of India and I once again seek a full
response to my RTI Application.


Veeresh Malik

On 3 July 2012 10:43, Secretary wrote:
> Dear Sir,
> With reference to your e-mail, we have to inform you that as we are an
> Association of Persons and a private entityty, we are not covered under the
> RTI Act.
> Thank you,
> Yours truly,
> Cmde. K.N. Bhagat, VSM
> Secretary

V Malik said...

More from the Good Bhagat, and now escalated to CONS/IN, next to Secy/MoD . . .

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Veeresh Malik
Date: 9 July 2012 10:11
Subject: Fwd: RTI Application / Willingdon Spors Club Mumbai / 30un2012 / Veeresh Malik
Cc: Secretary , Veeresh Malik

July 9, 2012

To: The Chief of Naval Staff,
Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma
Chief of the Naval Staff
Indian Navy,
Sena Bhavan, New Delhi - 110011
New Delhi

cc: JDMPR (OI & R)
Room No 205, C Wing
Sena Bhawan, New Delhi -110011

Greetings and Jai Hind.

Please note that I am getting messages from one Cmde. K.N. Bhagat,
Secretary of Willingdon Club in Mumbai, who is not clarifying whether
he is a serving officer of the Indian Navy or retired, and is instead
trying to claim that it is nobody's business but his own.

It is my humble submission that this is a serious mis-representation,
and that suitable action be taken by the Indian Navy in this context,
since the rules on how retired Armed Forces officers present
themselves to the public are very clear and known.

Needless to state, misrepresentation by retired officers can and has
led to serious consequences, much reported in the media lately. For
example, here is one not much reported:-

I shall also be following up with Ministry of Defence as well as PG
Cell of PMO in this context, as well as by RTI.

Email exchanged are enclosed.


Veeresh Malik
D-61, Defence Colony,
New Delhi 110024


July 9, 2012

Dear Shri Malik,

1. It must not be your concern whether I am serving or retired as long
as you get response to your email.

2. As far as intimation is concerned, on the contrary, the tone and
tenor of your mail is very intimidating.

3. You seem to be extremely well informed about the laws of the land,
however, our response to your demand stands the same as intimated to
you earlier.

Cmde. K. N. Bhagat

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