Should the names of unsuccessful candidates be disclosed under RTI?
The applicant sought the names of the officers of the Company who scored less than 50% marks in the general category and less than 45% marks in the SC/ST category as evaluated by NIA, in the promotion exercises for certain years. The Public Information Officer (PIO) denied the information under section 8(1)(e) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen, information available to a person in his fiduciary relationship, unless the competent authority is satisfied that the larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information; and section 8(1)(j) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen, information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be, is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such information: Provided that the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to any person. of the RTI Act.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) rejected the appeal observing that no larger public interest was demonstrated by the appellant in disclosing names of unsuccessful candidates.
Citation: Mr. Sanjay Kumar Khare v. United India Insurance Co. Ltd., in Appeal: No. CIC/DS/A/2011/002598
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/454
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