An individual should file the RTI application himself
The appellant sought certified copies of letters conveying consent of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) given to Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) in respect of certain officers. The Public Information Officer informed the appellant that requested information could not be disclosed to him under section 8 (1) (j) of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) noted that the name of one person of IOCL has been mentioned in the appeal, who was on deputation to PCRA and has now been prematurely repatriated to IOCL. The Commission held that the appellant sought the third party information for which he has not been able to establish any larger public interest. Therefore, holding that there is no apparent infirmity in the decision of the PIO, the CIC rejected the appeal. The Commission added that if the concerned individual were to file the RTI application himself, the Commission’s decision would have been different.
Citation: Mr. Sanjeev Kumar (Adv.) v. Indian Oil Corporation Limited in File No.CIC/LS/C/2011/003509
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/627
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