Information regarding time bound disposal of cases by the judges
The appellant filed a long and rambling RTI application with the Prime Minister’s Office seeking the reasons as to why the judges were not being bound to dispose of cases pending before them in a time bound manner through legislation just as time limit was fixed for the disposal of RTI requests. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed the appellant that the request did not fall within the meaning of ‘information’ as defined under section 2(f) “information” means any material in any form, including records, documents, memos, e-mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force; of the Right to Information (RTI) Act. During hearing, the appellant dwelt at length on the ills of the Indian judicial system and exhorted that if a law would be enacted fixing a time limit on disposal of all cases it would be in great public interest. The respondents submitted that they did not have any record relevant to the query of the appellant.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) rejected the appeal observing that what the appellant had asked for does not relate to any particular document or record and that his request was in the form of a demand for a possible enactment. He has not sought for information and was rather expecting the PIO to place his RTI application before the Prime Minister and get his views about the demands he had made.
Citation: Mr. Lakshmi Shankar Mishra v. Prime Minister’s Office in File No. CIC/SM/A/2011/000910
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/316
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