CIC can issue directions only to public authority to which RTI application is filed
The appellant had sent a representation to the President of India seeking Z Plus security cover for Baba Ramdev. He later filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the President’s Secretariat and wanted to know as to what action was taken on that and the response given by the Home Ministry in this regard. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed the appellant that the said representation had been forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for further necessary action and that no reply had been received from the MHA in this regard.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant argued that MHA should at least inform him about whatever action they had taken on the said representation.
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The Commission held that they cannot direct the PIO of MHA to disclose any such information as the information had not been sought from the MHA. The Commission advised the appellant to file a RTI application before the PIO of the MHA if he wants to know about the action taken on his representation.
Citation: Mr. Amar Singh Sachaan v. President’s Secretariat in File No.CIC/SM/A/2012/000238
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/748
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