New Delhi, May 3: Charging the Union Urban Development Ministry's Estates Directorate with showing extremely casual approach to the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has issued a show-cause notice to its officials for mala fide suppression of information to an applicant.

"The entire case to the Commission reeks of prejudice, vengeance and extremely casual approach to the RTI Act by the respondents (Estates Directorate)," Information Commissioner O P Kejariwal said, issuing a show-cause notice to the officials as to why penalty should not be imposed for "mala fide suppression of information".

Allowing information seeker Manoj Kumar Pandey to ask for the copies of all documents, including file notings, the Commission also directed the Estates officials to open all files pertaining to the information sought.

Earlier, after examining the response of Chief Public Information Officer (CPIO), the Commission said, "it noted with great concern that instead of addressing the query of the applicant, the officials had gone far out of their way by making demands of payment."

Pandey had filed an application with the Estates Directorate of the Ministry in September last year seeking information related to his earlier two representations with it for allotment of a flat.

After receiving a letter within a month did not contain any signature and date, the information seeker had filed an appeal with the Directorate in October.

In reply to his appeal, the Directorate had stated that an amount of Rs 1,07,335 was due on him, which led him to approach CIC in December last year. (Agencies)

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