Seeking affidavits for rate contract registration with DGS&D under RTI
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Directorate General of Supplies & Disposals (DGS&D) requesting for attested copies of Annexure 3A/3B and affidavits relating to registration submitted by M/s HCL Info Systems Ltd. and M/s Wipro Ltd InfoTech Group. Both these companies were registered with DGS&D for the purpose of rate contract. The Public Information Officer (PIO) denied the information stating that it was a third party information and that both the parties did not give their approval to disclose the information.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondent submitted that the information sought by the appellant could not be provided as it was personal and confidential information. The third parties were of the view that providing such information would harm their competitive position so the information should not be disclosed to the appellant.
View of CIC
The Commission observed that the respondent did not have any obligation to disclose information that might harm the commercial confidence and competitive position of the third party. The CIC rejected the appeal stating that the appellant has not established any larger public interest for disclosing such information.
Citation: Mr. G.K. Gupta v. Directorate General of Supplies & Disposals in Case No. CIC/SS/A/2012/000471
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/728
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