New Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) The Central Information Commission (CIC) has observed that authorities should ensure that no action is taken against persons seeking information under the Right to Information Act.

The observation came during the hearing of a RTI application by city resident Harish Tripathi, who had sought details of certain dues of the Delhi Gymkhana Club pending with the government.

"The Commission...Makes a strong recommendation to the concerned authorities to ensure that members are not victimised/penalised for taking recourse to a piece of legislature which has the sanctity of Parliament," Information Commissioner O P Kejariwal said in a recent decision.

Tripathi, in November last year, had filed a RTI plea with the land and development office of the urban development ministry, and later moved an appeal with the Commission after he did not get any response within the stipulated 30 days.

He also alleged during the hearing that his 40-year-old membership of the club was suspended after he sought the information.

Tripathi, a resident of Saket, had wanted information on "misuse/damage charges" liable to be paid by Delhi Gymkhana Club since July 2004, and a summary of its correpondence with the land and development office.

Kejariwal, who directed the ministry to allow Tripathi to inspect the relevant records pertaining to the club's correspondence with the office, also issued a show cause notice seeking reasons for the delay of nearly three months.

Displeased at the allegations raised by Tripathi over his suspended membership, Kejariwal observed, "By doing so, they (Delhi Gymkhana Club) would only be bringing a bad name to an organisation which otherwise enjoys a good reputation." PTI

Full text of the decision is available in : Decision No. CIC/OK/A/2007/00290 dated 11/09/2007 on Appeal from Shri Harish Tripathi Vs Ministry of Urban Development