Re: An appellant can seek the help of others in proceedings.
Nothing clearly mentioned in the RTI Act or Rules of centre/states regarding "accompanying" during First Appeal hearing. When such a thing happens in future (something which PIO or AA says which is not clear in the Act or Rules) please just say:
"Sir, can you please show me the relevant section or rules where this is stated ?"
Sorry, it slipped my mind.
I should have pointed you to this thread, yesterday itself: