Seeking information regarding voting in the Indian Institute of Public Administration
The appellant referred to voting which took place in the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) and filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the institute in this regard. He wanted to know the number of ballot papers found in the whole lot of votes cast in favour of one single candidate bearing the number 30. He also wanted to know the number of ballot papers in which the vote had been cast in favour of only one single candidate. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed the appellant that the desired information was neither available nor was it required for the Institute to maintain such information as per the byelaws.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondent explained that the Institute did not maintain any data in the manner sought by the appellant. He also submitted that it was also not required to maintain such data as per their byelaws.
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The Commission observed that as the desired information is not available in material form, the CIC cannot compel the PIO to research the available data and take out the desired information. The CIC rejected the appeal stating there is nothing to be disclosed in the case.
Citation: Mr. H R Bangia v. Indian Institute of Public Administration in File No. CIC/SM/A/2012/001846
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1380
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