When can an applicant request the Information Commission to levy penalty?
An applicant can request the Information Commission of there is a delay or denial of information without any reasonable cause. If incomplete or misleading information has been provided or there has been a tampering of records or destruction of records deliberately to avoid providing information, there would be a ground for levy of penalty.
Thus, if the PIO has, without any reasonable cause,
refused to receive an application for information,
has not furnished information within the time limit specified under section 7(1),
malafidely denied the request for information,
knowingly given incorrect, incomplete or misleading information,
destroyed information which was the subject of the request, or
obstructed in any manner in furnishing the information.