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The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Central Bank of India seeking information about the career prospects of officers and establishment related matters. The Public Information Officer (PIO) denied the information under section 8(1)(j) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen, information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be, is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such information: Provided that the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to any person. of the RTI Act.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondent stated that the information sought covered a very wide ground that would imply collecting the information from a large number of branches which would serve no public purpose. The respondent further stated that taking into account that the information was not readily available it would be appropriate to close the matter in view of the fact that collecting information would disproportionately divert the resources of the public authority. The appellant was not present at the hearing.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) observed that no action is called for on the RTI application at the level of the Commission and rejected the appeal.
Citation: Mr. C.K. Dohre v. Central Bank of India in Decision No.CIC/SM/A/2011/002677/VS/01315
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/845
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