Should the Commissioner of Income Tax provide the PAN card details to a RTI applicant?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Commissioner of Income Tax (IT) seeking information relating to PAN card of her husband as she was involved in litigation with him. The Public Information Officer (PIO) observed that as the information sought pertained to a third party; a notice was issued to the appellant’s husband who objected to disclosure of any information claiming that no person by that name is known to him. Hence, the sought information was denied. The First Appellate Authority (FAA) directed the PIO to provide the details mentioned in the PAN card without providing any other information.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the PIO informed that the name of the PAN card holder, father’s name, date of birth and PAN card number were provided to the applicant pursuant to the order of the FAA.
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The Commission concurred with the decision of the PIO.
Citation: Mrs. Monidipa v. Commissioner of IT in File No. CIC/DS/A/2012/000033/RM
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1133
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