Sajak Nagrik award for Satish Shetty

Shetty, an RTI activist, was killed in January for exposing land scam in Pune

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Danish Raza | February 8, 2010



Slain RTI activist Satish Shetty was posthumously awarded the Sajak Nagrik RTI award on Sunday. The award was received by his younger bother Sandeep at a ceremony held at Tata Hall of the Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce.

The award, comprising a citation and Rs 11,000 cash is given to RTI activists of Maharashtra.

A two-minute silence was observed in memory of the slain activist. “We wanted to send a strong signal that we are with Shetty and other whistleblowers who expose corruption and work for the cause of the RTI Act,” said Jugal Rathi, convenor of Sajak Nagrik Manch, a Pune-based NGO which constituted the award in 2007.

Talegaon-based Shetty was killed in January near his residence while he was on a morning walk. He was 39. He had exposed irregularities in land deals in Pune using the RTI Act.

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