Wakf Board penalised for denying information under RTI
An application was filed with the Andhra Pradesh Wakf Board under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking the details of wakf properties and other issues related to their maintenance. The Wakf board denied the requested information telling that it cannot be provided under RTI. An appeal was filed with the first appellant authority of the board which again denied the information.
The applicant then approached the Andhra Pradesh Information Commission. During the hearing the Assistant Public Information Officer of the wakf board said that the information could not be furnished under RTI as the request was "not specific".
The Information Commission reprimanded the board for its stand and has issued a show cause notice. It has also penalised the board to the tune of Rs. 25,000/-.