I have been assisting one of my friends in getting information under RTI Act of his NSC loan account from a nationalized bank, which has not been giving it on simple requests, as large amount of money has been defrauded in the account with staff collusion. I have following queries:
1. The RTI application was submitted at designated post office, which accepted it with Rs.10/- fees. However, the Bank insisted that we should pay Rs.10/- again to them, as application fee and averred that post offices are not authorized to accept RTI applications for central government undertakings.
2. We had sought internal audit queries and replies by the branch pertaining to friend’s own account. The information was denied stating as under:
“The information sought by you are of commercial value therefore they are prohibited as per the provisions of RTI Act. The disclosure of such information has no relationship with any public activity. Moreover these are all internal matters which cannot be shared with public.”
3. We had requested for certified photo copies of circulars of head office/controlling office which prescribe procedure of disbursement of NSC/KVP loans. The information is declined for the following reasons:
“The circulars are meant for internal circulation only, therefore it cannot be shared with public. The disclosure of such information has no relationship with any public activity. Therefore they are prohibited as per the provisions of RTI Act”
4. PIO has supplied photocopies of some papers without certifying them as true copy. We had asked for certified photocopies.
Does it amount to improper compliance?
I shall be obliged to have opinions/suggestions on these issues. <O<O