BHU fined for harassing RTI applicant, probe

New Delhi (PTI): The Central Information Commission (CIC) has slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on the Benaras Hindu University for "harassing and desisting" a Ph.D scholar from pursuing his rights under the RTI Act.

Taking note of the University's adverse behaviour, the apex information body has ordered an inquiry into the matter, besides directing its information officer to provide the details to the Varanasi-resident Raj Kumar Upadhyaya free of cost by January 25 next year.

"Here was a poor student running from pillar to post for getting some information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, but in the process was charged excessively, abused and threatened," Information Commissioner O P Kejariwal said while directing its vice chancellor to probe into the matter.

Upadhyaya, who had sought information on the university's Ph.D rules, was allegedly abused and harassed by its officials, apparently unhappy over his invoking the provisions of the RTI Act for getting the details.

He was asked to cough up more than double the money as prescribed under the Act to have access to the information, Upadhyaya had claimed.

The Hindu News Update Service