RTI application seeking information regarding the special audit of the NTRO
The appellant sought information arising out of the special audit of the NTRO by the Comptroller Auditor General (CAG). The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided the desired information against some of his queries but denied the copies of any documents on the ground that the CAG had received these in confidence from the National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) which is an organisation beyond the purview of the Right to Information (RTI) Act under section 24.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) rejected the appeal observing that the PIO could not have provided the copies of any documents or records which the CAG had received from the NTRO, the latter being an organization included in the second schedule of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
A Public Authority should not disclose any document received from any other organisation which is beyond the purview of the RTI Act. Applications may be transferred to the PIO of such organisation and information can be disclosed only in cases of corruption or human rights violation.
Citation: Ms. Manuj Modi v. Director General of Audit in File No.CIC/SM/A/2011/002116
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/534
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