Recently, an accused — who is in judicial custody at Thane Central Jail for the past 65 months —approached Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority, asking them to provide him with information on what he requires to lodge a complaint against a developer. MahaRERA, in turn, told him that all relevant information on the same is available on the website maharera.mahaonline.gov.in.
Now, police say the accused doesn’t have access to a computer, while advocates say the accused will have to approach the court, and from there he can seek access to a computer.
An RTI was filed by Shivprasad Balgovind Kesari, an accused in a criminal case. While seeking information from MahaRERA, Kesari said, “I have been in judicial custody for 65 months. If I want to complain in writing against a developer from jail, what documents do I need to furnish along with the complaint? Do give me the information.” To this, MahaRERA’s Public Information Officer Vasant Wani said, “All information regarding this is available on the website maharera.mahaonline.gov.in.”
Kesari further asked in the RTI about a specific project and gave the registration number too, to which MahaRERA said the project Poonam Par is registered with them and is being developed by Poonam Lifestyle.
Rajvardhan Sinha, IG, Prisons, said, “An accused in the jail doesn’t have access to a computer or internet, he can write a letter.”
Senior Advocate YP Singh who is a former IPS officer, said, “The accused can seek permission from a court; if allowed, he or the police can help furnish the details.”
Kesari filed three RTIs, the latest of which was answered in July, while the earlier two were answered in June. The first question was if RTI applies to MahaRERA; the second was related to the project; and third was if he could file a complaint against the project, as it is registered with the MahaRERA.
The accused, Shivprasad Balgovind Kesari, had filed three RTIs, the latest of which was answered in July, while the earlier two were answered in June.