The Central Information Commission (CIC), has suggested to UPSC to
file an FIR against an RTI applicant for allegedly submitting forged
records relating to civil services exam candidates.
On being denied information, the applicant Satya Narain Shukla, a
Lucknow resident, submitted a list before the CIC, claiming that
records containing details sought by him were maintained by the UPSC.
However, the apex recruitment body claimed that such records were not
available with it and the documents submitted by Shukla were forged.
"This dispute goes beyond the realm of simply providing
information....UPSC may consider filing an FIR to establish that the
records submitted by him are forgeries and UPSC have no such records,"
Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said.
Shukla has filed an RTI plea in June 2006 seeking names and addresses
of wards of OBC and SC/ST category government officers, who got
selected in civil services exams, along with the total marks obtained
by each of them, father's name, designation and emoluments.
He also sought information on names and addresses of the children of
general category government officers who could not get selected
despite having obtained more marks than the reserved category
candidates. In response to his plea, the UPSC said it was not possible
for it to provide such information as it did not keep profession-wise
records of parents of the candidates.
Regarding the details on general category candidates, it replied that
the information could not be disclosed.
The stand taken by UPSC is obviously correct. As per section 7(9) of the Act an information shall ordinarily be provided in the form in which it is sought unless it would disproportionately divert the resources of the PA.