I submitted an RTI application to the PIO along with the fees giving full name and contact details including postal address, e-mail, office and residential phone numbers and mobile number.
As I did not receive the information within 30 days I filed the first appeal for deemed refusal with the Appellate Authority. I have not received any communication from the Appellate Authority though more than 30 days have passed.
Suddenly I received a letter from the PIO [appears to be a backdated letter] that my application cannot be processed as I had not submitted "Proof of Identity".
At no place in the RTI Act 2005 does it say that the applicant has to submit Proof of Identity. Only contact details are required to be mentioned in the application which I have fully given.
It appears that the PIO is employing delay tactics and trying to deny me the information. What should I do?
Since more than 60 days have passed since receipt of the application by the PIO and the Appellate Authority has not responded for more than 30 days after the first appeal should I file a second appeal with the CIC for deemed refusal?
Or should I send "Proof of Identity" to the PIO, set the clock backward and bear further delay? If yes, what Proof of Identity should I send? Is the PIO justified in asking Proof of Identity after so much time or is he just employing delay tactics? Should I make a complaint to the CIC?