Can valuation report of the project be disclosed under RTI?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Punjab National Bank seeking information about the amount granted and released to a particular industrial unit including valuation report of the project and loan appraisal report etc.. The Public Information Officer (PIO) denied the information under sections 8(1)(e) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen, information available to a person in his fiduciary relationship, unless the competent authority is satisfied that the larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information; and 8(1)(j) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen, information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be, is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such information: Provided that the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to any person. of the RTI Act and also citing section 13 of the Banking Companies Act 1970.
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Both the appellant and the respondent did not participate in the hearing. The Commission rejected the appeal stating that the respondent had responded in accordance with the RTI Act and that no further action is required in the matter.
Citation: Mr. Vaijanath Patil v. Punjab National Bank in Decision No.CIC/SM/A/2011/002266/VS/01429
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/912
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