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    Click the link, when member upload any new document in our download segment, automatic post is created in the forum with a link to the original upload.
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  • Shrawan Pathak's Avatar
    12-04-15, 07:13 AM
    I have corrected the upload at the Download segment: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/docs/court-judgements-rti-issues/641-about-8-1-j-supreme-court-india D.T.RATHAVA It is good that you uploaded on to the document segment, even though it was available at forum. The whole purpose of download segment is to bring all such uploads at one place for easy referencing and retrieval.
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  • Shrawan Pathak's Avatar
    12-04-15, 07:04 AM
    A new poll has been created for the RTI nomination . Please vote for your favorite!
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  • karira's Avatar
    11-04-15, 05:05 PM
    Sir, Please see below. It is "Area of Eminence: 40 years of legal experience" Shri M.A. Khan Yusufi Information Commissioner Room No.308, 2nd Floor, August Kranti Bhavan, Bhikaji Cama Place New Delhi - 110 066 Phone :- 011 - 26717353 Fax :- 011 - 26106276 Curriculum Vitae Name Shri M.A. Khan Yusufi Date of Birth 01-01-1952 Educational Qualification B.Sc.(Hons) LL.B.(Hons) Advocate - practised No. of years at various Courts of Law Indian Legal Service cadre - 1988 (ILS-1988) Area of Eminence 40 Years Legal Experience ============== Sir, I have had hearings with this IC also - including a full bench hearing - where I had to tell him point blank: "If you are not interested in listening to me, please go home. I will continue to address the other two ICs"
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  • karira's Avatar
    11-04-15, 04:52 PM
    Of course they have to be disclosed under RTI. You might find suitable citations in some of the threads in the following search results: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/google.php?cx=partner-pub-3082882621726443%3A2136075824&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=audit+report+&sa.x=-367&sa.y=-72&siteurl=www.rtiindia.org%2Fforum%2Fsearch.php%3Fsearchid%3D677050&ref=www.rtiindia.org%2Fforum%2Fsearch.php%3Fsearchid%3D677025&ss=3796j1472876j13 (NOTE: There are many pages of results !)
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  • karira's Avatar
    11-04-15, 09:41 AM
    And he states on the top of his bio-data: "40 Years Legal Experience"
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  • karira's Avatar
    10-04-15, 11:19 AM
    No, this office does not come under RTI.
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  • karira's Avatar
    10-04-15, 09:09 AM
    Some of the details that you are seeking are already available on the websites of the respective gas company (HPCL, BPCL & IOCL). Please check the website first - using your gas id number - and then file the RTI for only those details which are not available on the website.
    3 replies | 105 view(s)
  • karira's Avatar
    10-04-15, 09:05 AM
    karira replied to a thread Cross objection in Ask for RTI Query
    All documents in the RTI process - including third party objections - are disclosable under RTI. File a RTI with the PIO of the public authority and ask for a copy of the third party objections.
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  • karira's Avatar
    09-04-15, 04:14 PM
    The pdf file you attached is blank. Please reattach so that our members can give you correct advice.
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  • karira's Avatar
    09-04-15, 04:12 PM
    This will be one of the points in the addendum (grounds for this addendum)....that you asked for copies, but PIO offered inspection.
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  • karira's Avatar
    09-04-15, 02:56 PM
    Just file a "addendum" to your second appeal and send to the CIC. Clearly explain in the addendum that although you received the reply after the second appeal was filed, you are still not satisfied with it. Explain in details - point wise - as to why you are not satisfied. Send copies of addendum to PIO and FAA and inform them in writing that now that the second appeal is filed, the reply of the PIO/FAA becomes infructious. They can say what they want to say, in front of the Commission, when matter comes up for hearing.
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  • karira's Avatar
    09-04-15, 02:52 PM
    There is no such thing as an RTI office. You have to file the RTI application with the PIO of the department from whom you are seeking information. Please read the links on the following pages: Important Links on the homepage RTI Guide RTI FAQ Drafting a good RTI application
    5 replies | 120 view(s)
  • karira's Avatar
    09-04-15, 02:49 PM
    RTI is only meant for getting "information". You cannot get a driving licence using RTI.
    4 replies | 126 view(s)
  • karira's Avatar
    09-04-15, 02:40 PM
    Delhi HC to monitor information commissioners' appointment New Delhi: The Delhi High Court, asking the central government on Thursday to expeditiously appoint the chief information commissioner and three information commissioners, posts lying vacant for nearly a year, said it will "monitor the issue". A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Deepa Sharma said it will monitor the issue and asked the central government to file a report on the progress made before May 11, the next date of hearing. The court said it will not dispose of the case Thursday as once it is disposed of, "they (government) may or may not do it (appointment)". "Past experience shows unless courts don't interfere, the government doesn't fill up vacancies," the bench observed. During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain told the court that the government is in the process of filling up vacancies and steps have already been taken in this regard. He sought twelve-week time to complete the process of the appointments. "The candidates have been shortlisted and IB and CBI reports are necessary for the shortlisted candidates. We are expeditiously filling up vacancies and for it we need twelve weeks," the ASG told the court. The bench said: "The ASG assured the court it is expeditiously filling up the vacancies of chief information commissioner and information commissioners. It's necessary for this court to monitor the case. Let the government file a report by next date of hearing on the progress it made." The court was hearing a PIL filed by Right to Information (RTI) activists RK Jain, Commodore (Retd) Lokesh Batra, and Subhash Chandra Agarwal. The plea said under the RTI Act, 2005, the central information commission (CIC) was created as a statutory body to decide appeals and complaints against public authorities for non-compliance of the act. The proper functioning of the CIC is essential for the proper implementation of the RTI Act, the plea said, adding that the government has attempted to stifle the functioning of the RTI Act by failing to do its statutory duty -- to appoint chief information commissioner and information commissioners at the CIC. The post of chief information commissioner is vacant since August 23, 2014, and the posts of three information commissioners have also been vacant for almost one year, it said. "Thus, the CIC has been kept headless and there are four vacancies in the CIC. There are only seven information commissioners functioning, as of now," said advocates Prashant Bhushan and Pranav Sachdeva appearing for RTI activists. The plea sought directions to the central government to urgently shortlist candidates for the posts of the chief information commissioner and three information commissioners in transparent manner for the final selection and appointment to be concluded in a time-bound manner. "Because of the non-appointment of the chief information commissioner and the three information commissioners, the pendency at CIC has shot up to a whopping 37,650 appeals/complaints," the PIL said. "About 13,615 appeals and complaints are pending for disposal before the bench of CIC, which includes cases of important authorities," the petition said. Read More: Delhi HC to monitor information commissioners' appointment | Zee News
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  • karira's Avatar
    09-04-15, 11:30 AM
    Journalism award for Express Senior Editor Shyamlal Yadav Senior Editor of The Indian Express Shyamlal Yadav has been conferred with the Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Award by Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Mass Communication for the year 2013. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan handed him the award here at Samanway Bhawan on Tuesday. Praising Yadav’s work, Chouhan said he had used the Right To Information (RTI) Act for investigative journalism and unearthed several stories. He said that journalists must bring the wrongdoings of governments to the fore using innovative ways of investigative journalism and must follow the principle of “Na kahoo se dosti, na kahoo se bair (Friendship with none, enmity with none).” Chouhan also said: “Journalism has given a new direction to the country’s politics. Had journalism not been there, the political scenario would have been entirely different.” Started in 2007, this award is given every year to one journalist for creative contribution in establishment and promotion of values, searching for truth, working for people, social uplift and independent conscience through journalism. The award comprises Rs 2,00,001 in cash, a citation and memento. Also, it is given not for one story, but for sustained dedication and achievement. He’s the youngest recipient of the award. Read More: Journalism award for Express Senior Editor Shyamlal Yadav | The Indian Express
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  • karira's Avatar
    09-04-15, 11:27 AM
    Government asked to share information on Lower Subansiri hydro plant The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the NITI Aayog (formerly Planning Commission) to disclose all the technical details about the 2,000 MW Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Project along the Assam border, rejecting the panel's resistance to share the specifications. The NITI Aayog had argued that the technical report shouldn't be disclosed as it would create confusion in the minds of public, and that its disclosure may fuel further agitation endangering the life of the locals. However, Information Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal observed the revelation of the expert's comments would enable all stakeholders to have informed participation at the stage of formulation of the policy itself and that "agitation is more likely to be fuelled by uninformed debate in the absence of authentic information". The Lower Subansiri Hydro Project, situated on the border of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, had been witnessing resistance from local residents. Though work on the project started in 2005, residents halted the construction in December 2011. In 2006, the Union power ministry had set up a joint expert committee, which reportedly expressed serious concerns about the dam construction at specific geologically and seismologically sensitive locations. The government further appointed the Thatte-Reddy Committee to study the downstream impacts. RTI appellant Rohit Choudhury, who was denied information by the NITI Aayog, contended before the CIC that the then Union power minister Sushilkumar Shinde had promised a transparent study to restore the confidence of local people, and so it was unacceptable that the Thatte-Reddy report was denied to him. Read more at: Government asked to share information on Lower Subansiri hydro plant : India, News - India Today - - - Updated - - - Please also read: The Assam Tribune Online
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  • karira's Avatar
    09-04-15, 11:13 AM
    Once you have obtained the answer sheets under RTI, the part of RTI is over. RTI helped you get the "information" you wanted. Better to consult an advocate/lawyer well versed in such matters.
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  • karira's Avatar
    08-04-15, 08:03 PM
    HC hears petition to reveal Ajit’s I-T returns MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court began hearing on Tuesday a petition against the Central Information Commission's refusal of a plea for disclosure of Income Tax returns of NCP leader Ajit Pawar, under the Right to Information Act. The challenge is essentially to test the extent of what category of information can be exempted when seeking information about a third person who holds high public office and whether disclosure in public interest should override exemption to IT documents. Former chief information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi had, in November 2012, sought details of then Maharashtra deputy chief minister Pawar's IT returns of 2009. His writ said if public servants' IT documents are disclosed, transparency will be restored and public perception of all politicians being corrupt might even be dispelled. The plea was denied on the grounds that it was exempted under the Act. The law allows the third party to be heard when information sought is about them. Pawar had objected to disclosure of his IT returns saying that had "nothing to do with public activity or interest.'' Gandhi went to the CIC in Delhi who relied on a Supreme Court verdict that classified IT documents as being "personal'' and said its disclosure would cause unwarranted invasion of privacy. Gandhi's petition, argued by his lawyer J Shaikh before Justice R M Sawant in the HC, was that exemptions under section 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act do not apply here since Pawar was an elected representative holding public office and such information was warranted in public interest. Justice Sawant said, "Is it your submission that a public servant is not entitled to any privacy at all?'' The hearing will continue on Friday. Read More: HC hears petition to reveal Ajit?s I-T returns - The Times of India
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  • karira's Avatar
    08-04-15, 07:27 PM
    No, private organisations are not directly under RTI. But, depending on the type of information you are seeking, it is still possible to get some type of information from private organisations. Please elaborate on the type of information you want and the type of private organsation from whom you are seeking info. This will enable our helpful members to guide you further.
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  • karira's Avatar
    08-04-15, 07:25 PM
    CM Fadnavis directs Pune Police to act upon Kumbhar’s threat complaint It took intervention from the chief minister for Pune Police to initiate action after a week on a threat complaint filed by whistleblower and RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar One week after Right to Information (RTI) activist Vijay Kumbhar registered an official complaint with the Pune Police Commissioner Satish Mathur, against Corporator Kailash Gaikwad, the police has been finally woken up from its slumber after intervention from none other than Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Gaikwad, brazenly threatened Kumbhar with dire consequences, while the RTI activist was inspecting files under Section 4 of the RTI Act. Although Kumbhar filed a complaint, there was no action by Pune Police. It was only after Kumbhar requested Chief Minister Fadnavis to intervene in the matter on Monday that things started to move. On Tuesday, the Police Inspector of the Chatuhshrungi Police Station called up Kumbhar and asked him to come there. Kumbhar who is out of station will visit the police station once he comes back. Earlier, when Kumbhar had lodged his official complaint to Police Commissioner Mathur, it was expected that the issue would be addressed on priority. However, Mathur simply forwarded Kumbhar’s complaint to a police station and asked Kumbhar to get in touch with it. On this Monday, Kumbhar tweeted that he had sent an SMS to Fadnavis and attached the SMS conversation between them, stating that: ``Sir, I, Vijay Kumbhar from Pune. I was threatened and abused by a corporator from PMC while inspecting files under RTI on 31st March. I have written to Police Commissioner and PMC but there is no action, please do the needful. The CM promptly replied, “Okay, will instruct the CP now itself.’’ “Then Kumbhar replied, “Thanks for the prompt reply. I don’t expect police protection and have not applied for it, but the solution is calling the culprit and warning him seriously, so that no one will dare to threaten any common person while obtaining the information.” The CM replied “Sure.’’ The point is that the law enforcement agencies as well as the Pune Municipal Corporation have shown apathy towards this issue by not taking any action against the culprit. It was left to Kumbhar to directly approach the Chief Minister to address the issue. The point is, not everyone would have such access. What happens to the common man who, in the role of a whistleblower wants to highlight corruption but does not get any support from the system? Also, Kumbhar too cannot be said to be safer even if he has had the good fortune of the CM responding promptly. It will all depend on how the Pune Police acts now. It may be recalled that the High Court, after the murder of RTI activist Satish Shetty had recommended that such cases should be addressed within 24 hours and taken seriously. Nothing has moved. Read More: Kumbhar?s threat complaint - Moneylife
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  • karira's Avatar
    08-04-15, 07:19 PM
    The calculation is not correct. As per Sec 19(6), the 30 day period starts from the day the FAA received your first appeal. He has another 15 days, provided he gives the reasons for the extra time taken, in the written order. It is immaterial for you whether the FAA has changed or broken a leg. The time period is not dependent on a particular FAA but specified by the Act. The only other choice you have is to file a second appeal to the CIC/SIC - after the first appeal time is over. But, be aware that the waiting time in the SIC/CIC is very long ! Therefore it is best to try and resolve the issue and get the information at the FAA level itself.
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  • karira's Avatar
    08-04-15, 07:14 PM
    It is not mandatory BUT in my experience, being present during first appeal enhances the chances of you getting the requested information.
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  • karira's Avatar
    08-04-15, 05:44 PM
    To whom do you want to file this RTI ?
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  • karira's Avatar
    08-04-15, 05:44 PM
    File a first appeal immediately on the grounds of "incomplete, incorrect and misleading" information.
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  • karira's Avatar
    08-04-15, 05:42 PM
    Yes, you can do both. For No. 1 (FA direct to University) file the FA on the grounds of "deemed denial" since no reply received from PIO. For No. 2, you have already stated the grounds.
    12 replies | 284 view(s)
  • karira's Avatar
    08-04-15, 05:39 PM
    karira replied to a thread Illegal Constuction in Non RTI Issues
    Complain to the local Municipal Corporation about the illegal construction along with photos.
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  • karira's Avatar
    08-04-15, 05:35 PM
    There is no chance for this FAA to pass any order. Wait till a new FAA is designated and then send a reminder (with attachment of all earlier papers) to the newly designated FAA.
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  • karira's Avatar
    08-04-15, 05:32 PM
    What format do you want ? Please read the links here: Home Page RTI Guide Guide to drafting a good RTI RTI FAQ =========== Also read: Time limits under RTI Act If the PIO does nopt respond to you in the mandated time limit, then it is considered as "deemed denial" of information. You will have to file a first appeal for "deemed denial".
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  • karira's Avatar
    08-04-15, 12:18 PM
    Delhi High Court adjourns PIL for appointment of CIC and 3 Information Commissioners for ASG to seek instructions 1. The PIL,(W.P.(C) No.3386/2015) filed by Shri R.K. Jain, Shri Lokesh Batra and Shri Subhash Agrawal came up for hearing on 8-4-2015 before the bench of Hon’ble Chief Justice and Hon'ble Mr Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw of Delhi High Court. 2. Shri Prashant Bhushan, Advocate appeared for the petitioners and Shri Sanjay Jain, ASG, appeared for the respondents. 3. Initially, the Court wanted to know from the ASG as to what steps has been taken for the appointment of the Chief Information Commissioner and 3 Information Commissioners since August, 2014 as in April, 2015, it is a long time. Court indicated that appointments be made within 4 weeks. However on the submissions of ASG, the matter was adjourned for tomorrow i.e. 9-4-2015, so that he may seek instructions and make further submissions in the matter. 4. Copy of the Writ Petition is attached.
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  • karira's Avatar
    08-04-15, 09:08 AM
    Maharashtra State Information Commission State Information Commission 13th Floor, New Administrative Building, Mantralaya, Mumbai 400032. 022 22856078
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  • Shrawan Pathak's Avatar
    08-04-15, 08:00 AM
    D.T.RATHAVA thank you for sharing the format. It would be appreciated if you could post it at our Download segment here: http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/docs/
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  • karira's Avatar
    07-04-15, 07:32 PM
    Just call up the Director and ask: Director, Social Welfare ,Department Maanpur Purab, Rampur Road, Haldwani Near Dainik Jagran/Amarujala Press, Haldwani Uttarakhand Ph 05946 - 282813 Ph & Fax 282233
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  • karira's Avatar
    07-04-15, 09:07 AM
    Bombay High Court to hear plea seeking Ajit Pawar's IT returns todayThe Bombay high court on Tuesday will hear a writ petition filed by former central information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi seeking NCP leader Ajit Pawar's income tax returns. Gandhi's writ petition will come up for hearing in court room #3 . Gandhi had sought the former deputy chief minister's IT returns in 2009. He was, however, denied information under the income tax department. The public information officer had invoked the third-party clause and stated that when Pawar asked, he declined to give information. The former commissioner then filed a first appeal, which upheld the decision of the public information officer. At the stage of second appeal, the information commission in a five-member bench order ruled that the information was "personal" in nature, and denied providing it as per section 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act. The commission also cited a Supreme Court order to back its decision. In his petition, Gandhi has challenged the order stating that the commission did not apply its mind and that it overlooked the fact that under 8 (1) (j), information that cannot be denied to Parliament or state legislature. Quoting another SC order, Gandhi stated that such information be furnished as it furthers transparency. He added that the income tax department does not match IT returns with the assets and liabilities filed by elected representatives in their affidavits. When dna contacted Ajit Pawar, he said, "I do not know about this. I am into politics. These things are handled by our lawyers and chartered accountants. I am not even in Mumbai and I will have to check regarding this." Read More: Bombay High Court to hear plea seeking Ajit Pawar's IT returns today | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
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  • karira's Avatar
    07-04-15, 08:58 AM
    Please also read: http://www.rtiindia.org/law/filing-of-fir-is-no-solution-to-missing-files/3183/
    1 replies | 144 view(s)
  • karira's Avatar
    06-04-15, 08:24 PM
    karira replied to a thread Hunger strike in Ask for RTI Query
    In what context ?
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    06-04-15, 07:03 PM
    All threads merged.
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