The Bombay high court on Tuesday quashed a petition by MNS leader Kalpana Bahirat challenging the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) election office decision of disqualifying her as corporator. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on her for allegedly forging a caste certificate.
Last month,the PMC,after verifying the caste certificate of Bahirat had announced her disqualification as corporator. She was elected in the 2012 civic polls. Her disqualification brought the MNS strength from 29 to 27 in the civic body and made the Congress with 28 corporators the second largest party in PMC.
On March 15,a local court set aside the election of another MNS corporator Priya Gadade for submitting a fabricated birth certificate. The PMC has been asked to conduct fresh elections to fill the vacancy by June 30.
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Applicants can now file RTI queries and appeals,if need be,with central public authorities online using a special web portal (rtionline.gov.in) developed by the Centre.
The initiative,which is enabling online filing with the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to begin with,facilitates payment through internet banking as well as debit/credit cards.
Applicants simply need to open an account creating a log-in name and password and provide name,address,mobile number among other details.
The portal has a facility of viewing status of RTI applications using which applicants can trace the application by entering the registration number.
This view status helps applicants to know whether he/she needs to pay additional fee for information.