Penalty of Rs. 25000/- imposed on PIO for unreasonable delay in furnishing the information
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) seeking some information. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided some information. While hearing the second appeal, the Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the PIO to provide the complete information to the appellant within four weeks. Later, the appellant filed a complaint with the CIC stating that despite the Commission’s order he had received partial information which is incomplete and misleading and that too after two months of the order of the CIC.
During the hearing the before Central Information Commission (CIC), the PIO submitted that he had been transferred from the said Ward. The complainant pointed out that the transfer orders of the PIO came after more than four weeks after the Commission’s order dated 14 January 2013 and that the PIO had been directed to provide full and complete information to the appellant within four weeks of the order.
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The Commission held that the PIO has not provided any credible explanation for not having complied with the directions of the Commission. The Commission imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000/- on the PIO for the delay in supply of information. The CIC also directed the PIO to carefully go over the RTI application, the order of the First Appellate Authority (FAA) and the earlier order of the Commission and provide full and complete information to the appellant.
Citation: Mr. Baldev Kumar v. North Delhi Municipal Corporation in Complaint: No. CIC/DS/C/2013/000118
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1422
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