Information about insurance case pending before the Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission
The appellant’s son had been abducted and killed. He filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) seeking information pertaining to some insurance policies of his son, issued during the period 1996 – 2004. The Public Information Officer (PIO) denied the information 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 RTI Act stating that the case was pending before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. The First Appellate Authority (FAA) provided the documents to the appellant.
View of CIC
The Central Information Commission (CIC) held that the PIO had respond after some delay and has not explained the applicability of the exemption provision invoked by him. A show cause notice was issued to the PIO by the CIC for not having provided information to the appellant within the timeframe prescribed under the RTI Act.
Citation: Mr. Janaki Parsad v. LIC of India in Appeal: No. CIC/DS/A/2012/001985
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1299
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