Can a third party seek a copy of the enquiry report?
A government employee lodged a complaint at the Department’s website. As the matter related to the Office of Post Master General, Allahabad, the complaint was transferred to him. The appellant’s request for a copy of enquiry report in-connection with that complaint was rejected by the Public Information Officer (PIO) claiming it was third party information.
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The Central Information Commission agreed that a third party cannot seek a copy of the enquiry report and dismissed the appeal. However, the Commission observed that if the Office of Post Master General, Allahabad receives a request for the copy of enquiry report directly from the government employee who had filed the complaint, the same should be supplied if it exists.
Citation: Dharmendra Kumar Yadav v. Department of Posts in file no. CIC/LS/A/2011/002615
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/121
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