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  1. CPIO did not sign the denial letter under RTI

    In one of the case, the applicant got the reply:

    The information asked by you is confidential and cannot be supplied. This is with the authority of the competent authority.

    When I asked weather the one who replied was CPIO, he said no!

    I want to ask weather the information asked to CPIO be signed by subordinate?

    And there was no mention as to why the information denied, I believe there there is no confidentiallity except for those coming under secnd schedule?

    A word of reply would be appreciated, as the person approached me for advice.

  2. The RTI Act 2005 Section 7 (1) causes CPIO to furnish the reply.
    No other person can sign as per the act to qoute,
    7 (1)
    Subject to the proviso to sub-section (2) of section 5 or the proviso to sub-section (3) of section 6, the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be, on receipt of a request under section 6 shall, as expeditiously as possible, and in any case within thirty days of the receipt of the request, either provide the information on payment of such fee as may be prescribed or reject the request for any of the reasons specified in sections 8 and 9:to unqoute.

    This is affirmed by CIC in its judgment

    Relevent Portion of the Order reads,

    The appellant’s grievance that decisions are conveyed by other than the CPIO
    and the appellate authority is well founded. Under the RTI Act, it is responsibility of
    the designated CPIO to furnish the information sought for by a citizen. Considering
    the fact, that CPIO is punishable under Section 20 of the Act with fine, it is necessary
    that the decision taken by the CPIO is communicated under his signature. Likewise,
    while disposing of an appeal, the appellate authority discharges a quasi judicial
    function and as such his decisions must bear his signature to indicate that he has
    applied his mind in taking the decision. The usual office procedure has no place in the
    matters of RTI Act.

    For denying information the reason has to be specifed along with the relevent section of RTI which grants exemption.

  3. Very well said Maneesh.
    The recent judgement can also be downloaded for perusal.
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    Col NR Kurup (Retd)
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    Re: CPIO did not sign the denial letter under RTI

    Absolutelycorrect reply

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    C J Karira
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    Re: CPIO did not sign the denial letter under RTI


    Please also read the following thread:

  6. Re: CPIO did not sign the denial letter under RTI

    Yesterday I received a decision of Appellate Authority, which was neither signed by the Appellate Authority nor by the SPIO of the State Govt. Dept. One ifficer of that Dept forwarded the decision of the A.A concerned , which was not at all signed by the A.A.I would also like to mention here that during hearing I produced sufficient documents to prove that the infoemation should be with that Dept, and the concerned SPIO did furnish the incorrect information. But the A. A did not bother at all and what was told by the defending officer in presence of both SPIO and also the A. A simply that has been communicated to me as the decision of the Appeallate Authority. This was my 2nd hearing, I don't know what is to be done- as the State Information Commission is very much relactant ti take any proper action against the concerned SPIO. If any member suggest me the action required to be taken and advice that will be helpful.


  7. Re: CPIO did not sign the denial letter under RTI

    I have to add something -- if the answer provoded as " no information is available in this Dept " is it sufficient enough as per RTI Act to avoid the query ? As in this case the SPIO provided the same reply to three applocants on the same date. Out of 18 queries, 15 was reploed as - " no information is available etc.
    During hearing I produced that some documents were submitted to that Dept with proper seal and signature over the documents- but the A.A and also the SPIO concerned simply followed the statement as furnished by them.. Abhijeet

  8. Re: CPIO did not sign the denial letter under RTI

    When you have documents to prove that the information sought for is available with the department and inspite of it, if the AA/SPIO has taken a stand that no information is available, then it becomes a case of malafidely denying the request for information or knowingly giving incorrect incomplete and misleading information. The right course should be to prefer a complaint u/s 18 (1) (e) of the RTI Act to the SIC.

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