Auction of the goods confiscated by New Delhi Municipal Council
The appellant alleged that his goods (belts) were confiscated from Jan Path by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). He filed an application under Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking the reasons for the confiscation and why the same were not returned to him even after the area inspector had verified that they belonged to him. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed that the appellant had not come to collect the goods even after being reminded twice over the telephone. Not receiving any information despite the orders of the First Appellate Authority (FAA), the applicant filed a second appeal before Central Information Commission (CIC) stating that the goods should not have been auctioned and that if they have been auctioned and sold, the money should go to him.
During the hearing, the respondents submitted that since the appellant did not turn up to collect his goods, the same were auctioned and sold off along with other goods. The appellant requested that the money that was made on auctioning his goods should be returned to him.
View of CIC
The Commission observed that they cannot grant the relief being sought by the appellant as the same falls outside the ambit of the RTI Act. However the Commission directed the PIO to allow the appellant to inspect the records relating to the auctioning of his goods on a mutually convenient date and time and to provide him with attested copies of documents identified by him.
Citation: Mr. Meraj Ali v. New Delhi Municipal Council, in File No: CIC/AD/A/2012/001021
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/451
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