Information about the particulars of journey undertaken by Delhi Police in relation to a bonded labour case was sought - PIO: journey was undertaken essentially for verifying the age of the victim - CIC: enable the appellant to inspect the pertinent files
A woman was rescued from a house and a case was filed pertaining to bonded labour - in this regard the information about the particulars of the journey undertaken by the Delhi Police personnel in relation to the case was sought - PIO: the journey was undertaken essentially for verifying the age of the victim - CIC: enable the appellant to inspect the pertinent files
1. The appellant filed an RTI application on 24.07.2013 seeking information pertaining to a certain FIR.
2. The CPIO responded on 26.07.2013 and provided pointwise information to the appellant. The appellant filed a second appeal on 30.08.2013 with the Commission.
3. The appellant referred to his RTI application of 24.07.2013 and stated that RTI application has been moved in the background of a woman who had been rescued from a house and that the case was filed under the relevant legal provisions pertaining to bonded labour and other sections of the IPC.
4. The appellant stated that the focus of his RTI application is of getting information about the particulars of the journey undertaken by the Delhi Police personnel in making a travel which was without purpose and for which he was not entitled. The appellant stated that a parallel RTI proceeding has already highlighted that the notice under section 160 CrPC for summoning the women to the thana was unwarranted.
5. The respondent stated that the journey undertaken by the Delhi Police personnel essentially for verifying the age of the victim concerned from the school taking into account the significance of the age factor in such cases. The respondent stated that the main aim was to verify the age and simultaneously also use the opportunity for serving the notice under section 160 CrPC. The respondent stated that it is not their intention to withhold the information.
6. What emerged from the hearing was that whatever information is available will be provided to the appellant.
7. The respondent is directed to provide to the appellant the information in context of the RTI application and enable the appellant to inspect the pertinent files within 30 days of this order. The appeal is disposed of. Copy of decision be given free of cost to the parties.
Citation: Ms. Pallabi Ghosh v. Delhi Police in Decision No. CIC/SS/C/2013/000382/VS/05870