Power of RTI - FIR lodged after the filing of the RTI application
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Delhi Police seeking action taken on his complaint in connection with a theft of a gold chain from his wife’s purse at Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) Delhi. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed the appellant that the compliant register of PP ISBT Kashmere Gate for the relevant period was not available and the complaint under reference could not be traced in PP records. The PIO also stated that as no FIR has been found registered on his complaint then no comments can be offered in this regard. On the directions of the First Appellate Authority (FAA), the PIO informed the appellant that a fresh report into the matter has been obtained from SHO/ and as per report, a case has been registered at PS Kashmere Gate in this regard.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant submitted that an FIR has been lodged after taking a fresh statement from him after three years. No information has been provided on action taken against the local Police. The appellant also alleged that both the PIO and FAA deliberately and intentionally did not reply regarding action taken against the SI.
View of CIC
The Commission observed that no information has been provided to the appellant of action taken against the persons responsible for not registering complaint/ FIR on the appellant’s complaint. No explanation has been provided on why the complaints register of PP ISBT is not available. The CIC held that the appellant has a right to know what action has been taken on is complaint. The Commission remitted the matter back to the FAA with the directions to get the enquiry conducted into the matter and inform the appellant of the outcome of the enquiry.
Citation: Mr. Mukesh Giri v. Delhi Police in Case No. CIC/SS/A/2012/002491
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1373
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