Assam IPS officer arrested for leaking RTI information of AASU office attack

Assam IPS officer arrested for leaking RTI information of AASU office attack

Guwahati, April 7: Accused for voluntarily leaking RTI information to a member of the Nikhil Bharat Banglali Udbastu Samanway Samitee (NBBUSS),IPS officer from Assam Dr N Rajamarthandan was arrested today following his suspension.

A case was filed earlier against the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) senior superintendent of police was registered under Sections 120(B)/418/468/471 of IPC and Section 98(A) of Assam Police Act, 2007.

Mukesh Sahay, Director General of Police Assam sad that Rajamarthandan was arrested as prima facie there was some strong evidence of wrongdoing against him. However, it will be wrong for me to elaborate (his offence) since the process of investigation is still on,” Sahay added.

Rajamarthandan, who was heading the probe by special investigation team into March 6 ransacking of Silapathar office of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), had passed on information to NBBUSS general secretary Ambika Roy in response to the latter’s RTI application seeking information about the arrest of NBBUSS president Subodh Biswas, the alleged mastermind of the attack.

An IPS officer of 2006 batch, Rajamarthandan had furnished documents, including classified, to Roy without informing his bosses or taking permission from them. He was also allegedly in touch with some leaders of NBBUSS. Not only did he meet them, he also met the legal counsels of Biswas secretly.

Sources said during his interrogation, the IPS officer had defended his action saying that he did no wrong by providing information about the case under the RTI Act. He argued that information that he had furnished was permissible under the Act.

On March 6, NBBUSS chief Biswas had allegedly instigated a mob at a rally with his speech that led to the incident. He went into hiding after the incident until being arrested on March 22 from a place close to Bangladesh border in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas. He is currently in judicial custody and the protesting organisations are demanding exemplary punishment for him.

TNT News with inputs from

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