Incorrect information about enrolment of students at AIIMS
Copies of mark sheet and diploma in respect of Smt. Promila Thakur and Vinod Sharma were denied by the PIO claiming that the information is related to the third party. Subsequently, in a second reply, the PIO informed that none of these individuals are enrolled for Medical Ophthalmic Technology Course at AIIMS. On appeal, the FAA did not passed any order. The appellant alleged that the information provided to him is false and attached a Diploma in Technology provided to Ms. Promila Thakur on 02/03/1987 and a provisional certificate of Mr. Vinod Sharma dated 08/04/1986.
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The Commission noted that false information has been furnished to the appellant and issued a show cause notice to the PIO to present before commission, why the penalty should not be imposed on him. The PIO stated that he made a mistake and did not check whether the records were in existence when he refused to give the information at the initial stage within 03 days of receipt of the RTI application. The PIO stated that the certificate produced by the appellant appears to be genuine, but despite diligent search the records of the said certificate and marksheets are not available anywhere on the records. The Commission directed the PIO to send a certificate from the Director, AIIMS that the records relating to the Marksheets are not available on the records. The Commission concluded that the PIO had made error in his first reply but this does not merit imposition of penalty. Holding that the Appellant has been put to unnecessary harassment of first getting a no objection certificate and then filing the appears and pursuing the matter, the Commission awarded a compensation of Rs. 2000/- to the appellant under Section 19(8)(b) In its decision, the Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the case may be, has the power to require the public authority to compensate the complainant for any loss or other detriment suffered; of the RTI Act.
Citation : Mr. Narain Singh Verma v. AI.I.MS (Academic Section) in Decision No. CIC/SG/A/2011/002582/16067