Inspection of supply orders & quotations accepted by CWE alongwith details of leave / temporary duties in r/o Col. Salil Mongia were denied - Respondent: the appellant is a habitual information seeker - CIC: provide the information
Inspection of supply orders & quotations accepted by CWE alongwith details of leave / temporary duties in r/o Col. Salil Mongia were denied - Respondent: the appellant is an employee of their organisation & is a habitual information seeker having filed numerous applications on similar issues - CIC: provide information
Vide RTI dt 14.2.2013 appellant had sought inspection of supply orders and quotations issued and accepted from 18.11.2011 to 14.2.2013 by CWE, Bhopal and details of leave and temporary duties in r/o Col. Salil Mongia, CWE, Bhopal for the same period.
2. CPIO vide letter dt 11.3.2013 denied information in para-1 as there is no larger public interest and in para-2 u/s 8(j) of the RTI Act.
3. An appeal was filed on 16.3.2013.
4. Submissions made by the appellant and public authority were heard. Public authority submitted that the appellant is an employee of their organisation and is a habitual information seeker having filed numerous applications on similar issues earlier also. One of his appeals was dismissed by the CIC vide orders CIC/LS/A/2013/000846 dt 28.6.13 on the ground that the RTI Act cannot be permitted to be used as a tool for blackmailing or extortion. It was also submitted that against the said orders, the appellant had filed a writ petition in the Madhya Pradesh High Court which has also been dismissed. Appellant submitted that he has not been provided information on the two queries raised by him.
5. The Commission directs CPIO to allow inspection of documents relating to query no.1 on a mutually convenient date and time and allow copies of documents identified during inspection and also to provide information sought at point no.2 of the RTI within three weeks of receipt of this order. Denial of information u/s 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. is not tenable. The appeal is disposed of.
Central Information Commissioner
Citation: Shri Vishwadev Sharma v. Engineers Military Engineer Services in File No.CIC/LS/A/2013/001403/RM