Estranged wife asks for the commission amount received by LIC agent
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India seeking details of the commission amount received by LIC agent (the appellant’s husband). The Public Information Officer (PIO) denied the information claiming exemption under section 8(1)(j) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen, information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be, is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such information: Provided that the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to any person. of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the third party (the LIC agent and estranged husband of the appellant) stated that he has serious objection to the disclosure of the requested information regarding the commission amount paid to him by the public authority. He informed that the appellant is his estranged wife and with whom a matter pertaining to domestic violence is pending in the court.
View of CIC
The Commission upheld the decision of PIO and added that the third party is neither a public servant nor a regular employee of the public authority. The third party is an agent of the LIC of India and is not covered under the disclosure provisions of the RTI.
Citation: Mrs. Kavita Kumawat v. LIC of India in Appeal: No. CIC/DS/A/2012/001774
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1173
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