THREAD ON A VERY SERIOUS TOPIC FOR OUR DEMOCRACY: Murders of and Assaults on RTI Activists & the need for Whistleblower Protection Act to be implemented:

Between 2008-2013, 36 RTI activists were killed in the country. Between 2014-2021, the number of those killed was 54. 1/n…

Death assault and harassment for what? For asking the most basic of questions from authorities which ought be the bedrock of any democracy! No outrage from Most media, no help from most of the citizens, nobody to turn to, no justice even after death! 2/n
This brings us to: Maharashtra: After all it is the biggest mafia state mentioned in #VohraReport
📢📢📢📣📣📣 Maharashtra tops the list for states with the most attacks on RTI users, followed by Gujarat (also named in VR). 3/n……
First RTI activist death in Maharashtra: in Jan 2010 Pune-based RTI activist Satish Shetty was attacked by two motorists in broad daylight, on a busy street. Shetty, 38, was in the process of unearthing what he believed was a multi-crore land grab scam when he was killed. 4/n…
Does IRB ring a 🔔?
Fronts of Powerful people are involved in land / real estate scams, drug mafia, corruption in local bodies, extortion, murders: yet people think #VohraReport is a 28 year old Report: kuchh naya batao! Wake up dear fellow Indians! 5/n
The Whistleblower Protection
Act (WBPA), passed by the Parliament in 2014, is proving to be virtually toothless. The Act was initiated after the 2003 murder of Satyendra Dubey, NHAI engineer who exposed corruption in the $10 billion Golden Quadrilateral project in Jharkhand. 7/n
Today after seven years, it has barely been enforced / notified. Instead, an amendment Bill was introduced in Parliament in 2015 that proposed to withdraw the immunity available to whistleblowers under the Official Secrets Act (OSA), which provides punishment of 14 years!!! 8/n
It is not too difficult to understand why most common people do not use RTI for exposing corruption, and political police bureaucracy mafia Nexus entrenched in every segment of society and economy : everyone wants to live! Brits left in 1947 but are we truly free? 9/n
Yesterday was RTI Diwas and the 16th anniversary of the RTI Act. Let’s join in to commemorate the 100s of unsung brave soldiers of Democracy who laid down their lives to make India a truly free country: let’s complete what they started while managing to Stay Alive! Jai Hind! END

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Lets start with flashback to 2012: when the lid was blown off the 70000 crore Irrigation Scam in Maharashtra
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Definition: In Article III, Section 3 of the United States Constitution, treason is specifically limited to levying war against the US, or adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.
Penalty: U.S. Code Title 18: Death, or not less than 5 years' imprisonment (minimum fine of $10,000, if not sentenced to death). Any person convicted of treason against the United States will lose the right to hold public office in the United States.

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चीफ जस्टिस दीपक मिश्रा की पीठ में जस्टिस आरएफ नरीमन, एएम खानविलकर, डीवाई चंद्रचूड़ और इंदु मल्होत्रा भी शामिल थे चीफ जस्टिस मिश्रा ने इस फैसले में भी 1993में मुंबई में हुए सिलसिलेवार बम धमाकों के बाद गठित एनएन वोहरा कमिटी की रिपोर्ट का जिक्र किया
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