Cases reported to Special Juvenile Police Unit - PIO transferred the application to all units - CIC: Transfer is valid as Delhi Police do not have any such consolidated information and that it is available with the respective units having designated PIO
1. The appellant filed an RTI application under 9.5.2012 addressed to CPIO, Special Police Unit for Women & Children, Crime Women Cell, Nanakpura, Delhi seeking information on (6) points. The appellant sought information relating to number of cases reported to Special Juvenile Police Unit (SJPU) , in how many cases SJPU social workers have produced the children before CWC, what is the role & responsibilities of SJPU etc. The CPIO provided a point wise response vide reply dated 15.5.2012 wherein the CPIO provided the information relating to the relevant rules, guidelines, roles etc. However, with regard to the no. of cases reported, major assignments completed etc., the CPIO transferred the RTI application to all PIO/Distt./unit of Delhi Police.
2. However, not satisfied with the reply the appellant filed first appeal dated 8.6.2012 on the grounds that the CPIO has merely provided the relevant rules & guidelines and that S.O No. 68 does not contain clarity on the roles of the JWO’s and SJPU social workers beyond general points given to be considered when interacting with J.I.C.L or C.N.C.P cases. The appellant further submits that being the nodal unit it is the duty of the SJPUWC, Nanakpura to maintain the records in place from all districts of cases being handled rather than transferring the application to other units. The said appeal was disposed off vide order dated 12.7.2012 wherein he took the view that the grounds of appeal raised by the appellant are queries in nature rather than seeking information. The FAA also transferred the first appeal to all concerned FAA of District/Units for disposing the appeal as the appellant stated that no reply has been received from the PIO of districts/units.
3. In the second appeal before the Commission the appellant submits that the Joint Commissioner of Police, SPUW&C is the nodal person for Special Juvenile Police Unit and therefore ideally the information should have been available with the CPIO or should have collected that information from districts/units and that incomplete information has been provided.
4. During the hearing the respondent has clarified that every district has a separate Juvenile Unit and that information available with the present CPIO has already been provided.
5. In view of the fact that information is available with every unit/district, the transfer of the RTI application is upheld. The respondent has clarified during the hearing that they do not have any such consolidated information maintained by them and that such information is available with the respective units/districts having designated CPIO & FAA. With, regard to the ground of incomplete reply, the appellant has not specified on which point the information is incomplete. As the information available with the present CPIO has already been provided, the Commission finds no reason to interfere with the reply of the CPIO. The appeal is disposed off accordingly.
Citation: Priyanka Sinha v. Delhi Police in Case No. CIC/SS/C/2012/000950