Possibility of being compensated if PIO does not attend 2nd appeal hearing
In some recent decisions of the CIC, the appellant has been compensated because the PIO did not attend the hearing:
Since the Appellant will have to come again for no fault of his, the Commission directs the Respondents to pay him a compensation of Rs.2,000/- not only for his travel again but also for the undue harassment that he has faced.
In view of the fact that the PIO is not present to explain the case and also in view of the harassment caused to the Appellant, the Commission orders a compensation of Rs.2,000/- to the Appellant to be paid by the Department concerned (DG: AIR). This may be done by 20 February 2008.
Re: Possibility of being compensated if PIO does not attend 2nd appeal hearing
As reported in economictimes.com attributed to PTI on 7 February 2008:
Summoned over RTI appeal, school comes unprepared before CIC- Politics/Nation-News-The Economic Times
Summoned over RTI appeal, school comes unprepared before CIC
NEW DELHI: Summoned over an RTI appeal, officials of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Dehradun, took the Central Information Commission (CIC) by surprise when they appeared before it "unprepared" with the related case files and documents.
"We are surprised that the hearing has been taken so lightly by them," Information Commissioner O P Kejariwal said after KVS's information officer said that the applicant's plea was earlier handled by some other officials and hence the related case files could not be traced.
The RTI application was filed by a Meerut-resident K S Mali.
Refusing to concur with the contention of KVS official, the CIC said, "If the officer had to come, he should have come prepared with all the papers and files and also after speaking to the official who handled the case earlier".
The Commission, which adjourned the case for February 19, also directed KVS to pay a compensation of Rs 2,000 to Malik who travelled all the way from Meerut to attend the hearing and had to face undue harassment as the matter was posted for a later date.
Malik in his Right to Information application filed on September four, 2006, had sought from the Dehradun-based school information regarding cutting down of trees in its premises.
Denied of a response from the Public Information Officer, he filed an appeal before the appellate authority of the school.