As reported by Tribune News Service in The Tribune on 21 January 2008:
The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Punjab

Information over 20-yr-old can’t be withheld: Panel

Chandigarh, January 20
The Information Commission, Punjab, has ordered the Forest Department information which is more than 20 years old cannot be withheld by any office or authority on the pretext of provisions made under sub- section 3 of Section 8 of the Right to Information Act, 2005.

Upholding point raised by K.S Rupal, counsel forRajiv Bajaj, who had sought information related to the record with reference to a notification issued by the Punjab Forest Department dating 1914, information commissioner P K Verma, has termed the argument of Forest Department to deny the information under Section (8)(3) as unsustainable. Under the RTI Act, information more than 20 years old can only be withheld in circumstances when a grave threat or injury to the sovereignty and integrity to the nation is posed under Section (8)(a) of RTI.

Adjourning the matter to February 1, the commission has directed the principal information officer, Forest Department, Punjab to comply within 15 days and provide the information sought directly or through any subordinate office regardless to the fact whether it is 20 years old or not.

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