Information regarding a news item in respect of illegal trafficking in women was sought – PIO: the application is centered around the newspaper cutting, which was vague and it was not possible to ascertain the point of reference – CIC: appeal dismissed
O R D E R
1. The appellant, referring to a news item published in ‘Punjab Kesri’ of 1.10.2012, filed an RTI application with the PIO/MHA on 8.10.2012 seeking information about an investigation. The addressee CPIO forwarded the RTI application on 25.10.2012 to Ministry of Woman & Child Development and another wing of the Ministry for necessary action, who passed on the application to Govt. of NCT of Delhi and Delhi Police on 19.11.2012 and 15.12.2012 respectively.
2. On not receiving any final reply from the PIO, the appellant filed an appeal on 4.12.2012 with the first appellate authority (FAA). The FAA informed the appellant on 11.1.2013 that reply to his RTI application has been forwarded on 19.12.2012 by the CPIO. The appellant approached the Commission on 19.3.2013 in second appeal.
3. The appellant did not participate in the hearing.
4. The respondent participated in the hearing personally and stated that the RTI application of 8.10.2012 is seeking information on the subject of illegal trafficking in women though making a reference to a newspaper cutting of 1.10.2012. The respondent stated that the RTI application was devoid of any specificity, but a response had been sent on 19.11.2012
5. The respondent stated that the RTI application essentially centered around this newspaper cutting, but this cutting was vague and for want of any specificity, it was not possible to ascertain the point of reference and hence the question of giving any information did not arise
6. Intervention of the Commission is not required in the matter. The appeal is disposed of. Copy of the decision be given free of cost to both the parties.
Citation: Shri Gopal Kansara v. Delhi Police in Decision No. CIC/SS/A/2013/001115/VS