Can the PIO deny the request of RTI applicant to inspect the documents?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Income Tax Department seeking a copy of report sent to Commissioner Income Tax (CIT) (Vig), Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) and the inspection of concerned file. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided a point wise response to the appellant.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant submitted that he has not been allowed inspection of file as requested by him. The PIO submitted that photo copies of relevant pages of the file were sent to the appellant and that the inspection was not allowed as the file contained various other correspondences which were not related to the appellant.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) rejected the appeal observing that the information sought by the appellant has been provided.
Citation: Mr. S.P. Goyal v. Income Tax Department in File No.CIC/DS/A/2011/002609/RM
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/706
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