Re: First Appeal for CCTV footage denied
File First Appeal before the FAA immediately on following grounds and prayers.
BRIEF HISTORY: The appellant filed RTI application dt ......... before the PIO...........(address), and sought for the CCTV footage of ....... police station for the date ............ and time ............., copy of which is attached herewith as Annexure-A. PIO decided the same and denied the information vide his decision letter dt .........., copy of which is attached herewith as Annexure-B.
GROUNDS: CCTV footage is an information held by the public authority and not qualified for exemption under any of the clauses of sec-8 or sec-9. An information can be denied only if it is qualified for such exemption, for reasons to be recorded by the PIO as to how the piece of information sought shall qualify for exemption and the repercussion of its disclosure. The PIO in this case has denied the information without assigning any reason. Such denial is with malafide intention to cover up corrupt practices and misuse of power by the police station officers. The CCTV footage is clear evidence of misuse of power by the officer concerned and presence of outsiders inside the police station and threatening by outsiders within police station in collusion with the police station officer. In this case the officer concerned indulged in corrupt practices and misused his official power and authority as also allowed outsiders to threaten and abuse a respectable citizen inside the police station, by calling him to the police station, though there is no reason and legal jurisdiction for the Police to interfere in that matter. Therefore, the information sought directly pertains to corrupt practices adopted by the officer concerned and hence involve larger public interest as also required for transparency within the police station and police administration. Supply of CCTV Footage in question shall aid and help to improve transparency in police administration and shall not cause any detriment to the police administration. Therefore the denial is malafide and intentional to suppress corrupt practices and misuse of power by the police officer(s) concerned. This appellate authority is therefore required to rectify the erroneous decision of the PIO and further be pleased to order supply of information in question.
PRAYER: The Hon'ble FAA is therefore requested to direct the PIO to supply the soft copy of CCTV footage as demanded by this appellant vide RTI Application dt ............ within 7 days from the date of decision of this appeal.
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