Are application forms submitted for mobile connection liable to be disclosed?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Department of Telecommunication seeking copies of consumer application form (CAFs) along with the documents attached with it as proof of identity or proof of address for about 100 mobile nos. The Public Information Officer (PIO) did not provide any information.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the PIO stated that the information could not be disclosed as the same relates to third parties and the appellant had not cited any larger public interest for seeking the information. The appellant argued that in response to an earlier RTI application, he has been given a list of about 1500 mobile connections which have been disconnected on account of irregularity in documents. Out of these, he had asked for information relating to about 100 connections where apparently forged documents had been submitted. The PIO stated that he will go back and examine the records carefully and disclose the information relating to those mobile numbers where apparently forged documents have been attached.
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The Commission directed the PIO to provide the information to the appellant.
Citation: Mr. Rajinder Kumar v. HR Department of Telecommunication in File No. CIC/LS/A/2012/000589/BS/1702
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1018
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