Using RTI to know the rank achieved in Combined Graduate Level examination
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) seeking to know his exact rank in the final result for Combined Graduate Level examination (CGL) 2010. He also wanted to know about the Round Robin Method applied in arriving at the results. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided some information and that too with a delay.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) observed that the appellant wanted to know about his exact rank and that this information should be provided to him unambiguously. The CIC directed the PIO to provide the exact ranking of the appellant and the details of the Round Robin Method. Under section 20(1) Where the Central Information Commission or the State Information Commission, as the case may be, at the time of deciding any complaint or appeal is of the opinion that the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, has, without any reasonable cause, refused to receive an application for information or has not furnished information within the time specified under sub-section (1) of section 7 or malafidely denied the request for information or knowingly given incorrect, incomplete or misleading information or destroyed information which was the subject of the request or obstructed in any manner in furnishing the information, it shall impose a penalty of two hundred and fifty rupees each day till application is received or information is furnished, so however, the total amount of such penalty shall not exceed twenty-five thousand rupees: Provided that the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, shall be given a reasonable opportunity of being heard before any penalty is imposed on him: Provided further that the burden of proving that he acted reasonably and diligently shall be on the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer, as the case may be. of the RTI Act the Commission issued a show-cause notice to the PIO to show-cause why penalty should not imposed on him for the delay in replying to the RTI application.
Citation: Mr. Ram Krishna Gupta v Staff Selection Commission in File No. CIC/SM/A/2012/900692
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/796
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