A one stop destination for all Right to Information (RTI) matters
A one stop destination for all Right to Information (RTI) matters

CIC: Appellant was seeking personal information of a third party, who is a junior colleague in his office, solely for the purpose of redressing his grievance regarding promotion vis-à-vis her promotion, apparently given to her earlier; Exempt u/s 8(1)(j)     Right to Information Act 2005    Documents relating to allotment of government accommodation to Defence Accounts Deptt. (DAD) officers denied citing Sec 7(9) of the RTI Act - CIC: Appellant failed to avail of the opportunity of inspection facility given; No scope for providing any relief     Right to Information Act 2005    CIC: Details of M.Tech. sponsored students and their sponsoring organization pertains to personal information - CIC: PIO has erred in giving the details of said students without seeking consent u/s 11 of RTI Act; PIO advised to exercise due diligence     Right to Information Act 2005    Advertisement concessionaire agreement issued by Airport Authority denied on the ground of commercial confidence - CIC: The First Appeals had not been dealt with appropriately & were disposed off with rather vague and generic orders; Cases remanded to FAA     Right to Information Act 2005    Action taken on complaint - CIC: Writ Petitions filed by CVC against certain orders of CIC with respect to disclosures ordered under the RTI Act in PIDPI matters are pending before the Delhi HC - CIC: For the said reason, the appeal is adjourned sine die     Right to Information Act 2005    Whether a particular DSE of ASI was granted bail by CBI Court & related information was denied u/s 24 - CIC took grave exception to the gross non-application of mind of the PIO - CIC: Information pertains to a third party exempt u/s 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act     Right to Information Act 2005    Vijai Sharma and K V Chowdary appointed as CIC and CVC respectively     Right to Information Act 2005    Is the Mysore Police Commissioner’s office coming up without plan approval?     Right to Information Act 2005    No action taken against the illegal massage parlours or spas in Goa     Right to Information Act 2005    Are there norms about the fee a school should charge and the facilities it offers?     Right to Information Act 2005    There is only 1 primary health centre per 28 villages of UP     Right to Information Act 2005    Services of all OSDs / Consultants terminated by Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai     Right to Information Act 2005    Karnataka HC: Provide copy of report with enclosures when the investigation in the matter had been concluded     Right to Information Act 2005    Papers containing details of the operations launched by Indian Defence Forces in J&K in 1947     Right to Information Act 2005    Should CBSE be allowed to charge Rs 500/- for a copy of the answer sheet?     Right to Information Act 2005   

How to draft an application?

The choice of words in raising the queries is very important. An analysis of the disposal of the past applications shows that wrongly worded applications may lead to confusion resulting into delay or denial of information. Therefore, an applicant should be careful while penning an application.

A few suggestions are:

  1. Application should be in a simple and easy language.
  2. Avoid using too technical terms or legal jargon.
  3. The application must be legible - either typed or neatly handwritten.
  4. The queries must be specific and to the point leaving no room for ambiguity. Vague questions may confuse the PIO leading to vague answers. Further, some PIOs may use it as an excuse to avoid giving specific information.
  5. If the applicant is not certain regarding which specific documents are required, he may first seek inspection of the record so as to identify the same.
  6. The length of the application should not be too long.
  7. The number of questions and sub-questions should be limited.
  8. As no additions can be made at the appellate level, all the information required should be sought at the time of making the initial application.
  9. The reasons for seeking exempted information claiming overriding Public Interest should be emphatically given in the application. Remember, the onus is on the applicant to prove that there is an overriding Public Interest.
  10. Unsubstantiated allegations or use of abusive language should not form a part of the application.