Inspection of files in the Commission under RTI
The appellant sought information about the status of a certain protest letter which related to the past history of his Disciplinary Authority. Part of the information was denied claiming that the inquiry with respect to the same was pending while some of the information was provided.
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The appellant insisted before the Commission that the enquiry reports that were furnished to him did not include reports of enquiries into all the complaints filed by him. On the contrary, the respondents submitted that the reports of enquiries into all the complaints were provided. In view of the confusion, the Commission directed the respondents to bring the relevant files for inspection by the appellant in the Commission. The respondents brought along 18 files and upon inspection of the files, the appellant requested for photocopies of specifically identified documents, which were duly handed over to him. The appellant was informed by the Commission that no further appeal related to any existing complaint against his Disciplinary Authority will be entertained since all the information as available in the records in connection with all existing complaints lodged by the appellant has already been provided to him.
Inspection of documents in the Central Information Commission is an uncommon step resorted to when the appellant and respondent make different claims. The Commission has also taken an unusual step of barring any future appeals on an issue on which complete information has been disclosed.
Citation: Sh. Inder Pal Singh v. Training and Technical Education Pitampura in file no. CIC/AD/A/2011/002603
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/113
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