Can a copy of will be disclosed under RTI Act?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Department of Revenue seeking information regarding the Will and General Power of Attorney made by three people, such as whether they have been registered or not. He also wanted the copies thereof. The Public Information Officer (PIO) stated that as per provisions of Registration Act any information regarding document registered with the title as ‘WILL’ it cannot be disclosed to anyone. Later on directions of the First Appellate Authority (FAA), the PIO furnished point wise reply to the appellant.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant stated that he is no longer interested in obtaining copies of documents but requested for confirmation on whether the different documents mentioned in the RTI application have been registered or not. He stated that the FAA assured him that he will be informed by the PIO whether the various documents mentioned in the RTI application have been registered or not as a yes or a no.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) observed that the appellant has already been informed that documents mentioned by him against some points have been registered by the Sub Registrar and the Sub Registrar has also clearly stated that the document mentioned by the appellant against some points does not match with the records available in their office. The Commission rejected the appeal holding that the information sought by the appellant has already been provided to him.
Citation: Mr. Mahboob Khan v. Department of Revenue in File No: CIC/AD/A/2012/002258
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/813
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