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    Feuding couples taking RTI recourse to settle scores

    Feuding couples taking RTI recourse to settle scores
    Reported By Anuja Jaiswal,TNN, 20 Jan 2008,

    CHANDIGARH: Right to Information (RTI) Act is certainly the route to be taken when you feel you are short changed on information, but if you think you can gain access to people's private lives, you are mistaken.

    A divorcee, wishing to know how much alimony she could demand from her estranged husband, took recourse to RTI only to be turned down recently.
    But in what income tax department officials say is becoming a disturbing trend, there have been five applications from couples in marriage wrangles asking for their spouse's assets in the last month alone.

    Reasons for seeking information varied from a woman trying to know the amount of alimony that could be demanded from an estranged spouse, to a man who challenged the claim of his wife who said her family had paid huge sums of dowry at the time of marriage and wanted it back.

    The applicants, I-T department here said, came under RTI and sought specific information about their spouse's assets, returns, and other details of wealth. Referring to one such case, where such details were sought by a spouse on her way to divorce, a central public information officer (CPIO) with I-T, said, "Seeking personal information under RTI, not in public interest, is equivalent to invasion of privacy. Her request was turned down by the commission as it was invasion of privacy of the assesses."

    Terming it a worrying trend in which people are attempting misuse of a benevolent Act, the CPIO added, "In a dowry court case, a litigant sought information on immovable property of an assesses and the commissioner directed the person to take consent of the assesses first."

    Though applicants are entitled to access copies of tax assessment orders of assesses, according to the Act "the disclosure of personal information is exempted, which has no relation to any public interest or activity as per Section 8(1)(j)".

    The RTI Act very clearly emphasises that it's there to provide information, not confidentiality of information in relation to an individual's affairs. Public interest means general interest of the community as opposed to particular interest of an individual.

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    RTI information can't be denied on ground of pending probe: HC

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    Re: Feuding couples taking RTI recourse to settle scores

    Call local MLA at your wife's place and promise him that ................................
    They will help you out in a false 498A or DVA.
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    Last edited by ganpat1956; 07-04-08 at 11:27 PM. Reason: Non-RTI reply

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    Re: Feuding couples taking RTI recourse to settle scores

    The CIC has allowed disclosure of a ONGC employee's whereabouts and other details to a wife whose husband has been avoiding her in spite of a court order.

    The full decision is attached.
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