In the attached order of IC O P Kejariwal, Government Servants of the Public Authority have been warned not to misbehave with RTI applicants:
........he was treated very shabbily and in a dismissive manner. During the hearing, he stated an incident where, when he asked for photocopies of a letter, the person supervising the inspection told him that for all he know it had been swept away by the Sweeper or the concerned Clerk had forgotten to put that letter on the file. The Commission has no reason whatsoever to doubt the Appellant’s submission: for the rough and crude behavior of government servants towards members of the public and even their former colleagues who have retired is well-known. It is, in fact, an irony that such Civil servants forget that sooner or later they’ll cross over to the other side and join the very category of people with whom they are misbehaving today.
The Commission, therefore, directs the Respondents to once again call the Applicant to the office, go through the list which he says he has of the documents that he wants, and either supply him the information that he desires or give a valid reason (as per the RTI-Act) for not doing so. With this, it warns the officials concerned that in case the Appellant complaints again of misbehaviour on the part of the officials responsible for supplying him the information, the Commission will treat the case as one of victimisation and harassment of an RTI-applicant and deal with the defaulters very heavily.
The full decision is attached.
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