PIO cannot take a punitive action under RTI
The applicant alleged that a person had deceptively claimed an excess amount on account of mobile reimbursement. He filed an application under RTI requesting to recover the same from him. The Public Information Officer (PIO) replied that the information sought was not covered within the term ‘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 RTI Act.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) rejected the appeal observing that the appellant had not sought any information rather he had argued certain matters and wanted the PIO to take certain actions which is clearly beyond the purview of the RTI Act.
Citation: Mr. R. L. Goyal v. UCO Bank in Decision No. CIC/SG/A/2012/000576/18378
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/265
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