Details of attendance of ACP rank in Delhi Police & related guidelines were sought - Respondent: police officer is deemed to be always on duty & is liable to employment in anywhere in Delhi; no attendance register was maintained - CIC: no action required
1. The appellant filed an application dated 29.04.2013 under the RTI Act seeking information regarding details of attendance of ACP rank in Delhi Police and related guidelines. CPIO responded on 30.05.2013. Appellant filed first appeal with the first appellate authority (FAA) on 04.06.2013. Copy of FAA’s order is not enclosed. Appellant filed this present appeal on 23.09.2013.
2. Appellant and respondent were present before the Commission.
3. Appellant referred to the RTI application and stated that he was seeking information regarding details of attendance of ACP rank officers in Delhi Police and related guidelines.
4. Appellant stated that he wanted to know the movement of ACP rank officers in Delhi Police to verify the absence or presence of duty. Appellant stated that he wanted to know the procedure when the ACP was out of station on duty and procedure when the ACP was on leave. Appellant stated that certain records had to be maintained for out of station visits by ACP of the Delhi police.
5. Respondent stated that as per the Delhi Police Act 1978, a police officer is deemed to be always on duty and to be liable to employment in any part of Delhi. Respondent stated that an attachment through wireless set with control room is also maintained in log book but it could not be provided to the appellant as being voluminous. Respondent stated that the appellant can visit the control room and can inspect the records.
6. Respondent stated that ACP is controlled by DCP. Any kind of movement had to be informed by the ACP to his superior officer by any means but an attendance register was not maintained as sought by the appellant. Respondent stated that it was not practical for the ACP to mark attendance when there was an emergency for the ACP to reach the crime venue.
7. Respondent stated that when the ACP is not on leave it is assumed that he is on duty. Leave for ACP had be sanctioned formally through proper channel. Respondent stated that relevant provision under Delhi Police Act 1978 had already been provided to the appellant.
8. Respondent stated that no further information was to be provided to the appellant.
9. Respondent has acted in conformity with the RTI Act.
10. No further action is required to be taken in the matter at the level of the Commission. The appeal is disposed of. Copy of decision be given free of cost to the parties.
Citation: Shri Jai Prakash Shokeen v. Delhi Police in Decision No.CIC/SS/A/2013/002306/VS/07596