CIC took a very serious view of the conduct of the PIO in informing the Appellant that disclosure of information is conditional - CIC reprimanded the PIO for future; PIO directed to go through the provisions of the RTI Act thoroughly & provide information
Date of Decision: 06/01/2017
The Appellant sought information in the context of the CPIO reply dated 16.11.2015 to one of his prior RTI Applications. He sought the rule as well as authority letter under which service registers of all civil/conservancy staff is said to have been kept in his custody for the purpose of maintenance between 08.08.1997 to 18.11.2008, who was given this custody before 08.08.1997 and after 18.11.2008, copy of some letter dated 23.12.2008.
Grounds for the Second Appeal:
The CPIO has not provided the desired information.
Relevant Facts emerging during Hearing:
The following were present:-
Appellant: Not present.
Respondent: Nk Sub Ajay Kumar, Head Clerk & CPIO, Stn. HQ Babina Cantonment Board present through VC.
CPIO submitted that Appellant had been informed that information will be provided after getting orders from senior officers.
Commission takes very serious view of the conduct of the CPIO in informing the Appellant that disclosure of information is conditional. CPIO is reprimanded for future and the Commission directs him to go through the provisions of the RTI Act thoroughly wherein statutory responsibility of furnishing information has been bestowed upon him. CPIO is directed to provided available and relevant information on paras 1 and 2 of the RTI Application to the Appellant within 15 days of receipt of this order.
The appeal is disposed of accordingly.
(Divya Prakash Sinha)
Citation: Amar Singh v. HQ Babina Cantonment Board in CIC/SD/A/2016/000093