Appellant: Can the police take any action under a case of social boycott? - CIC: The appellant is seeking clarifications which are not covered under the definition of ‘information’ under Section 2(f) of the RTI Act; No further action required
1. Shri Ishwar Chand, filed an application dated 04.03.2015 under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) before the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), Outer District, Delhi Police, seeking information on ten points relating to social boycott, including
(i) whether the police can take any action under a case of social boycott and
(iii) whether it is right that the appellant has been socially boycotted by the police vide Office letter No.1057/RTI Cell/14/Outer District dated 07.05.2014.
2. The appellant filed the second appeal dated 20.05.2015 before the Commission on the ground that the correct information on all the points of the RTI application has not been provided either by the CPIO or by the FAA.
3. The appellant Shri Ishwar Chand and the respondent Shri Dharam Pal Singh, ACP (Public Grievance), Outer District were present in person.
4. The appellant submitted that information as sought under the RTI application has not been provided to him by the respondent.
5. The respondent submitted that the appellant seeks a particular action to be taken and the information sought is clarificatory in nature, providing the same is beyond the purview of the RTI Act. Nonetheless, information as available was provided to the appellant vide letter dated 01.04.2015
6. The Commission after hearing both the parties, observes that the appellant is seeking clarifications which are not covered under the definition of ‘information’ under Section 2(f) “information” means any material in any form, including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force; of the RTI Act. Nonetheless, information to the extent possible has been provided to the appellant by the respondent. Hence, no further action is required in the matter.
7. With the above observation, the appeal is disposed of.
8. Copy of decision be given free of cost to the parties.
Citation: Shri Ishwar Chand v. Delhi Police in Decision No. CIC/VS/A/2015/001363/SB