Respondent: Documents pertaining to the court order in CWP No. 274/94 have been damaged by termites; hence, action taken by the NFSC in the light of the said order could not be provided - CIC: Provide information to the appellant within four weeks
O R D E R
1. The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) before the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), O/o Director, National Fire Service College (NFSC), Nagpur seeking information on two points including (i) whether the Certificate No. 3292 of 18th September, 1995 is valid or not and (ii) the action taken by the administration in the light of Civil Writ Petition (CWP) No. 274/94 of Bombay High Court, Nagpur Bench (Dilbagh Singh v. Director, NFSC and others).
2. The appellant filed a second appeal before the Commission on the grounds that he is not satisfied with the information provided by the CPIO. The appellant requested the Commission to direct the respondent to provide the information sought by him.
3. The appellant was not present despite notice. The respondent Shri D.M. Khan, Assistant Director, NFSC, Nagpur attended the hearing through video conferencing.
4. The respondent submitted that the appellant was informed vide letter dated 21.04.2011 with respect to the point no. 1 of the RTI application that a certificate was issued to Shri Dilbagh Singh. However, a copy of the said certificate could not be provided to the appellant since the respondent office does not keep the copies of certificates issued. With respect to point no. 2 of the RTI application, the respondent submitted that documents pertaining to the court order in CWP No. 274/94 have been damaged by termites and hence, action taken by the NFSC in the light of the said order could not be provided. The respondent, however, submitted that no action was to be taken in pursuance of the Bombay High Court’s order dated 18.09.1995 in CWP No. 274/94.
5. The Commission, after hearing the submissions of the respondent and perusing the records, directs the respondent to provide information on point no. 2 of the RTI application to the appellant within a period of four weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of this order.
6. With the above observations, the appeal is disposed of.
7. Copy of the decision be provided free of cost to the parties.
Citation: Shri Rajeev Singh v. National Fire Service College in Decision No. CIC/SS/A/2011/901961/SB Dated 16.05.2017