Appellant submitted a Memorandum to Law Minister seeking establishment of “Men’s Cell” on the lines of existing “Women’s Cell” to protect the men against misuse of Section 498A of IPC (dowry) - He sought to know the action taken - CIC: appeal dismissed
The appellant is not present for video conferencing. The Public Authority is represented by Mr. S.K.Chitkara, CPIO, Mr. Bahadur Singh, Superintendent(Legal) along with another officer from Legislative Department, Government of India.
2. The appellant filed RTI application on 21.2.2013 seeking information with regard to action taken on his letter dated 22.10.2011to Law Minister regarding setting up “Men Cell” and activation of Man Helpline. Having received no reply from the CPIO, the appellant made first appeal on 6.4.2013. Claiming that he had not received any information from the respondent authority within prescribed time, the appellant made second appeal before the Commission.
3. The Public Authority made their submissions. The appellant is not present for video conferencing. He has submitted a Memorandum to the Law Minister seeking establishment of “Men’s Cell” on the lines of the existing “Women’s Cell” in order to protect the men against the misuse of Section 498A of IPC regarding dowry harassment. The appellant wants to know the action taken on his memorandum. The respondents submit that originally his RTI application was addressed to the Department of Legal Affairs who have forwarded to the Legislative Department. The representative of the Legislative Department submits that they are not concerned with the subject matter and the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is the right authority under IPC. The Commission feels that the appellant’s RTI application does not require any clarification or information and he cannot seek any opinion from anybody. Hence the appeal is dismissed.
(M. Sridhar Acharyulu)
Citation: Shri Ajay Kaushik v. Legislative Department Government of India in File No.CIC/SS/A/2013/001518SA