Words in a law should normally be given the meanings given in common language
Ref: Is Public Charitable Trust a legal person?
In CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION Decision dated 14-5-12, decision No. CIC/SG/A/2012/000909/18906 in case of Appeal No. CIC/SG/A/2012/000909, it has been held as under:
Words in a law should normally be given the meanings given in common language. In common language we would ascribe the adjective 'personal' to an attribute which applies to an individual and not to an Institution or a Corporate. From this it flows that 'personal' cannot be related to Institutions, organisations or corporates.
Hence Section 8 (1) (j) cannot be applied when the information concerns institutions, organisations or corporates.
The phrase 'disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest' means that the information must have been given in the course of a Public activity.
In CENTRAL INFORMATION COMMISSION Club Decision No. CIC/SG/A/2011/003715/17408 in Appeal No. CIC/SG/A/2011/003715 dated 16-2-12, it has been held that the RTI Act does not give a veto to the Third party to deny information.
Dr Mukesh Babu Goyal