Threat to the RTI applicant to withdraw the second appeal
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) seeking information regarding action taken on his representations along with current status of his RTI application. On the directions of the First Appellate authority (FAA), the Public Information Officer (PIO) provided some information to the appellant.
During the hearing the before Central Information Commission (CIC), the appellant submitted that to date he had not received any information as sought in his RTI application. He also stated that he has been threatened by an unknown person who came to his residence in his absence and warned his wife of dire consequences in case the appellant did not withdraw his second appeal presented before the Commission.
View of CIC
The Commission directed the PIO to provide specific and point wise information to the appellant. The Commission issued show cause notice to the PIO for not providing the information to the appellant within the timeframe stipulated under the RTI Act. The Commission took a serious note of the statement made by the appellant regarding the threats made to him on account of his preferring second appeal before the Commission.The CIC also recommended the PIO, in his capacity as Assistant Commissioner, to enquire further into the matter.
Citation: Mr. SunehriLal v. East Delhi Municipal Corporation in Appeal: No. CIC/DS/A/2012/002100
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1363
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