Has the DG (Tourism) Office approved sanction to run a Guest House in Delhi?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Delhi Police seeking to know whether the DG (Tourism) Office have ever approved and accorded sanction to run a Guest House in the name of Royal Place for Stay, New Delhi. The appellant also wanted to know the details of a person who had stayed in the said guest house with a Chinese/ Cambodian Girl. The Public Information Officer (PIO) denied the information under section 8(1)(g) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen, information, the disclosure of which would endanger the life or physical safety of any person or identify the source of information or assistance given in confidence for law enforcement or security purposes; of the RTI Act on the grounds that disclosure of such information might endanger the life or physical safety of the person and would also cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) observed that the appellant’s allegation regarding illegal running of the aforementioned Guest House has not been replied to by the respondent. The Commission directed the PIO to provide appropriate reply to the said query and to inform the appellant if indeed such a Guest House exists, whether it is following the mandatory Foreigners Registration Rules and intimate the appellant about the action taken by them.
Citation: Mr. V.N. Mathur v. Delhi Police in Case No. CIC/SS/A/2012/001958
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1415
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