Seeking copies of threatening letter received from any terrorist organization / anti-official language organization – Depart of Official Language does not hold information regarding law and order maintenance – CIC: FAA should provide a clear reply
1. The appellant Smt. Pratibha Malik filed an RTI application dated 11.4.2012 to the CPIO, Department of Official Language, Chennai. The appellant has stated in her RTI application that on 20.3.2012 certain acts of violence were committed and abusive language used against her husband Shri Ajay Malik, Assistant Director in the said office. The appellant also states that her husband has received threats to his and his family’s life. Information regarding the same was forwarded to the Home Minister and on these grounds the appellant seeks certain information. The appellant seeks copies of any threatening letter, complaint, application, anonymous letter, if any, received from any terrorist organization, anti official language organization etc.
2. The CPIO vide his reply dated 12.4.2012 informed the appellant that the said information was being collected. The appellant filed a first appeal dated 14.4.2012.
3. The first appellate authority held vide order dated 26.5.2012 that the office does not hold information regarding law and order maintenance. However, the first appellate authority informed the appellant that this office has received one RTI application each from Dr. A Rizwana Aziz and Capt. K.M.S Aslam regarding the office of Asst. Director.
4. Commission is of the view that the first appellate authority has provided a vague reply to the appellant. The first appellant authority is hereby directed to provide a clear and categorical reply to the appellant stating whether such threatening letters/representations have been received by the department or not. If such letters/ representation have been received, the same shall be provided to the appellant within 7 days of receipt of this order. The appeal is disposed off accordingly.
Citation: Pratibha Malik v. Department of Official Language in Case No. CIC/SS/C/2012/90755