Can information regarding the IRDA’s surveyor engagement be obtained under RTI Act?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) seeking details in respect of engagement of the full time surveyor. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed the appellant that they have taken action under section 11 of the RTI Act and awaiting reply from the third party.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC) the respondent submitted that partial information has been provided to the appellant.
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The Commission observed that the information sought by the appellant was personal information of the third party surveyor. The Surveyor stands in a fiduciary relationship with the Public Authority as he is not an employee of the Public Authority. The CIC held that in the absence of any larger public interest established by the appellant in disclosing the information, the personal information of surveyor could not be disclosed under the RTI Act.
Citation: Mr. Kumud Kumar v. IRDA in Appeal: No. CIC/DS/A/2012/000967
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/876
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