Can a second appeal under RTI Act be filed with the CIC in regional language?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Union Bank of India seeking copy of the credit and debit balance of her savings bank account. The Public Information Officer (PIO) returned the RTI application stating that it was not accompanied with the requisite fee in appropriate mode; however, he provided the statement of account as the applicant was a customer of the bank. Dissatisfied by the response furnished by the PIO and First Appellate Authority (FAA), the appellant approached the Central Information Commission (CIC) in second appeal. However it was returned back as some of the enclosures were in regional language. The appellant then resent the appeal in English.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant stated that she had actually wanted to know the reasons why the deductions had been made and the names of the persons in whose favour the cheques were issued during a particular period. The respondent stated that said amount had been deducted on account of nonmaintenance of the minimum balance and that minimum balance had dipped below the stipulated level on a number of occasions. The respondent also stated that the information would be made available in the course of the next 2 to 3 weeks.
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The Commission directed the respondent to provide requisite information to the appellant. Citation: Mrs. Hinaben Madhuprasad Trivedi v. Union Bank of India in Decision No. CIC/SM/A/2011/001241/VS/01914
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1044
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