Central Information Commission, after giving one of the important judgement “No provisions to deny information on grounds that it disproportionately divert the resources“, citing case law from Kerala High Court now has issued show cause notice to Public Information Officer (PIO), as to why instead of giving the file under RTI Application, he has offered applicant to inspect the record.
In a similar citation posted at out law segment here: Can PIO direct inspection of records under RTI without knowing where the information is?, Central Information Commission (CIC) has decided that
Considering such response of asking appellate to do the inspection, where the PIO himself does not know where the information is, the Commission, considered such response as ‘Denial of Information” and directed the Public Authority to provide information
An RTI was filed for seeking copy of file in which govt. is planning to approach SC for grant of 50000 additional auto rickshaw along with the file noting and released 15000 permits for SC/ST/OBC category. CPIO asked the complainant for inspection. The applicant made the complaint before commission for imposition of penalty for obstructing in providing information.
Asking for inspection of record instead of giving file record
CIC in it’s decision here stated that “the then Motor Licensing Officer, Auto Rickshaw Unit, Burari (as on 7.2.14) to show cause as to why he offered inspection when the Complainant had sought the entire file. He is directed to submit his response so as to reach the Commission within three weeks of receipt of this order.”
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