Medical college fails to provide a copy of the answer-sheets to RTI applicant
A final-year MBBS student, Vijay Sena Reddy, had filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking photocopy of answer scripts from Mahadevappa Rampure (MR) Medical College, Gulbarga as well as the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Health Sciences (RGUHS).
The RGUHS informed that the photocopy of the answer scripts had been sent to his college while the college refused receiving any such details. Reddy approached the Karnataka High Court, seeking directions to issue copies of the answer scripts. The RGUHS submitted to the court that the answer scripts are usually destroyed six months after the exam results are announced. The counsel for Reddy contended that the RTI application was filed in October 2013, which is within the stipulated period of six months.
The bench of Justice Ananda Byrareddy of the Karnataka High Court observed that as the careers of students depend on exams and results, the RGUHS must be more responsible. The bench directed that the student should be paid a compensation of Rs. 15,000/- each by the RGUHS and the MR Medical College.