Should the application fee be deposited for each item of the query separately?
The appellant sought information regarding the Prime Minister of India such as his personal details and the donations made to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund. The Public Information Officer (PIO) gave the partial information and refused for other information as the appellant had not deposited application fee separately for each item of his queries. Further the PIO claimed that many of the queries were related to the Prime Minister's personal qualification which were not held in the PMO and thus cannot be provided.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) observed that the information sought should not be denied merely because the RTI application contains more than one item of request. Holding that there may be some information available in the PMO out of the queries made by the appellant, the Commission directed the PIO to identify those queries against which some or all information would be available and provide the same to the appellant.
Citation: Shri Nitesh Kumar Tripathi v. Prime Minister’s Office in File No. CIC/SM/A/2011/000709, 788 & 1716
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/226
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