SIC penalises former varsity official for violating RTI Act
RTI: Public Information Officer fined by the Information Commissioner
Over 32,000 RTI appeals pending with Central Information Commission: Govt
Manuscripts catalogued by NMM, to be in public domain: CIC
HC: every page of RTI replies should be attested, signed
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- CIC Order dated 16.09.2022 on the Second Appeal filed by Gautam Saren Vs. CPIO, National Test House, Kolkata – The Commission observed that the reply provided by the then CPIO was inappropriate and that a blanket denial of information under the garb of Section 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act was inadequate as no personal information of third party has been sought by the Appellant. The Commission admonished the then CPIO for providing such mindless and incongruous replies. Hence, the Commission deemed it fit to direct the present CPIO to provide revised and specific information qua the instant RTI Application to the Appellant.
[Sections 8(1)(j), 5(4); Dates of Joining of Officers, National Test House]
- DoPT O.M. dated 14.09.2022 – Guidelines on implementation on suo motu disclosure under Section 4 of RTI Act, 2005 – Compliance – reg.
- CIC Decision dated 04.08.2022 on the Second Appeal filed by Prakash Gopalan Vs. Public Information Officer, Office of CPMG, Kerala Circle, Deptt. of Posts, Thiruvananthapuram – The Commission directed the concerned PIO to furnish a revised reply to the Appellant, with regards to total period of working in the office as on the specified date, as mentioned in the RTI Application. The PIO was also required by the Commission to make sure that any third-party information or any other information which is exempted from disclosure under RTI Act, 2005 shall not be disclosed to the appellant while providing the said reply.
[Section 8(1)(j); Department of Posts]
- CIC Order dated 01.08.2022 on the Second Appeal filed by Anil Kumr Agrawal Vs. CPIO, Canara Bank, Hapur – The Commission noted that the respondent pleaded that they had not received the application dated 27.02.2020. The Commission directed the CPIO to seek necessary assistance and communicate with the appellant in order to respond to the RTI application within the timelines prescribed under the RTI Act.
[Section 20(1); Non-Receipt of RTI Application, Canara Bank]
- CIC Decision dated 06.06.2022 on the Second Appeal filed by Dr. Rajiv Khatri Vs. CPIO, University Grants Commission, New Delhi – CIC: “….. the Commission is extremely irked to note that the onus of replying to the instant RTI Application is being shifted across different division of UGC.The Commission expresses severe displeasure for showcasing lackadaisical approach of the Respondent in the instant matter. The Commission further notes that even after an efflux of 2 years of time, the Respondent public authority is yet to ascertain the actual custodian of the information. The Commission treats this as a blatant error and willful violation of the provisions of the RTI Act and the said conduct of the Respondent Authority is highly admonished.”
[UGC, Grievance Redressal Mechanism in UGC]
- CIC Decision dated 25.05.2022 on the Second Appeal,Complaint filed by Prasoon Shekhar Vs. CPIO, Bar Council of India, New Delhi – CIC: “The FAA burst into frenzied arguments with the Appellant for bringing up allegations of lack of transparency and for insisting on non-compliance of earlier Commission’s directions. The Commission took exception to the disdainful conduct of the FAA and closed the hearing proceedings.” xxxxx
The Commission directed the FAA to place this order before their competent authority to ensure that action is expedited with respect to the upgradation of the BCI website while also incorporating the stipulations of the Commission in the H N Pathak case. The Commission also directed the CPIO to reiterate the opportunity of inspection of the available records to the Appellant and facilitate the same on a mutually decided date & time.[Conduct of FAA, Bar Council of India, Inspection of Colleges by BCI]
>>> Selected Decisions of Central Information Commission (CIC)
- Certified Copies of Court Documents
SC: “42. … … In the absence of inherent inconsistency between the provisions of the RTI Act and other law, overriding effect of RTI Act would not apply.
(ii) The information to be accessed/certified copies on the judicial side to be obtained through the mechanism provided under the High Court Rules, the provisions of the RTI Act shall not be resorted to.” – (Secs. 2, 4(b), 6(2), 8(1)(a) to (j), 19, 22, 31; Disclosure of Information; Certified Copies of Court Documents)- SC Judgment dated 04.03.2020 – Chief Information Commissioner v. High Court of Gujarat and Another >>> RTI – Court Judgements
- CIC O.M. dated __.10.2021 – Timeline for Transparency Audit
- CIC O.M. dated 06.10.2021 – Timeline for Transparency Audit
- CIC O.M. dated 27.09.2021 – Timeline for Transparency Audit
SEPTEMBER 10, 2022
Retd. professor, denied entry to campus, had sought details under RTI Act, but was denied them.
The State Information Commission (SIC) has fined a former official of the University of Kerala for withholding information sought by a retired professor under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
State Information Commissioner K.L. Vivekanandan, in his order, imposed a fine of ₹25,000 on former joint registrar (administration) P. Raghavan, who was also the then State Public Information Officer (SPIO) of the university.
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RTI: Public Information Officer fined by the Information Commissioner
Times of India
Jun 20, 2022
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Information Commissioner has slapped a fine of Rs 25,000 on Tripunithura municipality information officer for giving out misleading information to an RTI applicant, that too after keeping the application under wraps for a long time.
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Fewer RTI appeals are pending with the Central Information Commission. Initiatives to enhance and improve transparency in the government have been introduced.
Dec 16, 2021
More than 32,000 RTI appeals are pending with the Central Information Commission, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.
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MANUSCRIPTS CATALOGUED BY NATIONAL MISSION FOR MANUSCRIPTS, TO BE IN PUBLIC DOMAIN: CIC
The CIC directed the NMM to put in public domain the around 3 lakhs manuscripts (according to the respondent) which it has digitized so far within a period of one year from the date of receipt of this order. The CIC also directed the NMM to allow the appellant official access (including downloading) of 30,000 manuscripts it has already put in public domain out of the total around 3 lakhs manuscript digitized so far. Further, the appellant was required to bear downloading cost which he had offered to bear during the course of hearing.
More: See Selected Decisions of Central Information Commission (CIC).
Thehindu.com AUGUST 26, 2021
‘PIOs, appellate authorities & Information Commission officials must also provide their Aadhaar number’
The Madras High Court has ordered that while replying to Right to Information (RTI) Act applications, the public information officers, appellate authorities as well as officials of Information Commission must sign in every page and provide their Aadhaar number too so that action can be taken for furnishing false information.
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RTI applicant must disclose interest in seeking information: Delhi High Court
Jan 21, 2021 : Dtf.in
Hon’ble Delhi High Court, in its landmark judgement dated 12.01.2021, has ruled that whenever information is sought under the RTI Act, disclosure of an interest in the information sought would be necessary to establish the bona fides of the applicant. Non-disclosure of the same could result in injustice to several other affected persons, whose information is sought.
To see full judgement dated 12.01.2021, please click here or at Selected Decisions of Central Information Commission (CIC).
December 24, 2020
The Delhi High Court has issued notice in response to a petition filed by the Central government seeking the quashing of the order passed by the Central Information Commission alleging that it has misinterpreted the provisions of the Right to Information Act, 2005.
Hearing the petition through video conferencing, a single-judge bench of Justice Navin Chawla noted, “There shall be a stay on the operation of the order till the next date of hearing.”
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An RTI activist has also complained to the CIC about the defunct nature of the RTI division of ICMR.
May 04, 2020
New Delhi: During the coronavirus crisis, some key health organisations in the country have stopped responding to queries or have taken to providing irrelevant data even as people are looking to them for relief and information.
The Chief Information Commissioner Bimal Julka recently pulled up the Central Government Health Scheme for not providing information on whether the supply of essential medicines to wellness centres has been stopped. Read more …
The complainant attended the hearing through WhatsApp.
The Central Information Commission in the case of the complaint filed by Mr. Anil Sood Vs. CPIO & Nodal Officer of Central Govt. Health Scheme, R.K. Puram Sector 12, New Delhi-22, observed on May 01, 2020 that there were complete negligence and laxity in the public authority (CGHS) in dealing with the RTI applications. According to the CIC, it was abundantly clear that such matters were being ignored and set aside without application of mind which reflected disrespect towards the RTI Act, 2005 itself. The Commission expressed its displeasure on the casual and callous approach adopted by the respondent (CGHS) in responding to the RTI application. It was felt by the Commission that the conduct of Respondent was against the spirit of the RTI Act, 2005 which was enacted to ensure greater transparency and effective access to the information.
See CIC Decision dated 01.05.2020 on the Complaint filed by Mr. Anil Sood Vs. CPIO & Nodal Officer, Office of Central Govt. Health Scheme, R.K. Puram Sector 12, New Delhi-22.
More CIC Decisions >>> Selected Decisions of CIC
The order was passed following a complaint made by a former DU student and advocate Mohit Kumar Gupta.
29th April 2020
NEW DELHI: Keeping in mind the ongoing lockdown, the Central Information Commission has directed all public authorities in the country to create dedicated unique e-mail IDs of Public Information Officers so that citizens can file urgent e-RTI applications without depending on the resumption of postal services. Read more …
The Central Information Commission in the case of complaint by Mr. Mohit Kumar Gupta Vs. CPIO, University of Delhi, decided on April 22, 2020 as under:-
(i) An advisory was issued u/s 25(5) of the RTI Act to the Secretary DoPT to evolve a system after coordinating with the Director General, NIC in the spirit of the RTI Act and take immediate steps towards providing a platform for implementation of Sec 7(1) of the RTI Act.
(ii) A report on the action taken on the advisory might be sent to the Commission by the Secretary, DoPT within 7 days from the date of withdrawal of lockdown. Due to the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus in the country and the prevalent lock down, the Commission found it appropriate to highlight the issue of Sec 7(1) implementation by citizens more so, when postal receipt of RTI applications are minimal, in such situations all public authorities should encourage RTI applications through e-mail in case of life and liberty matter.
(iii) A unique e-mail id can be created by the CPIOs in this regard and reflected in their respective website. A method of online acceptance of RTI fees also has to be thought of in this regard. In so far as other normal RTIs are concerned, the RTI portal can be used.
Read CIC Decision dated 22.04.2020 on the Complaint filed by Mr. Mohit Kumar Gupta Vs. CPIO, University of Delhi. More CIC Decisions >>> Selected Decisions of CIC
17 March 2020
Earlier this month, the three-judge bench led by Justice R Bhanumathi upheld that the Right to Information (RTI) Act cannot override relevant rules under the Gujarat High Court Rules. Information or certified copies of orders held by a high court (HC) can be given to a third party only as per rules framed by the HC and not under RTI, the Supreme Court (SC) says.
This, in other words, means that a citizen cannot file RTI seeking to obtain pleadings in the HCs that have own rules. Read more …
Dec 17, 2019
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday quashed the order of the Central Information Commission which had held that Electronic Voting Machines are within the definition of ‘information’ under section 2(f) of the RTI Act. …
Activist had sought details of the inquiry initiated against an employee for illegally registering Hyundai cars
Jammu, October 26, 2019
As the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Jammu, has denied the information sought under the RTI Act allegedly to protect the corrupt employee of the office, the appellant has knocked the doors of the High Court to get the same information. The High Court has directed the department to respond to the RTI within a month’s time. …
Oct 21, 2019
The order came on the ministry’s appeal, filed through advocates Rahul Sharma and C K Bhatt.
New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has said that giving judgment on the policy framework of an organisation and directing change of policies are not envisaged under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The observation by the high court came while setting aside a Central Information Commission (CIC) direction to the Centre to revise the present policy for selection of meritorious students under the ‘Bal Shree scheme’. …
OCTOBER 17, 2019
Observing that evaluated answer scripts would fall squarely under the definition of the term “information” under the Right to Information (RTI) Act of 2005, the Madras High Court held that universities were bound to provide copies of such answer scripts to the examinees concerned. …
The agency claimed exemption from disclosure under Section 24(1) to deny the request after the matter reached the Commission, the highest adjudicating body to decide RTI matters.
October 08, 2019
NEW DELHI: The names of alleged tax evaders appearing in the Panama Papers leak can be withheld by the Enforcement Directorate from disclosure, the Central Information Commission has held.
The Commission made these observations while deciding the plea of Durga Prasad Choudhary who did not get a satisfactory response from the agency on his RTI application. …
7 Oct 2019
The Central Information Commission on Tuesday directed the Department of Economic Affairs to co-ordinate with the Department of Financial Services and the Election Commission, to provide a consolidated reply to the Appellant on information sought by him regarding donors to political parties. …
Oct 12, 2019
NEW DELHI: A new report on the performance of the central and state information commissions based on data from January 2018 to March 2019 shows that in 26 information commissions, the number of pending RTI appeals and complaints stood at a high 2,18,347. In the central information commission alone, the estimated waiting time on appeals nearly doubled between November 1, 2017 and April 1, 2019, going up from 10 months to 1 year and seven months. …
Times of India
Sep 25, 2019
CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu State Information Commission has directed the Madras high court to provide a chief judicial magistrate documents and information he had sought under RTI on his compulsory retirement from service. …
The CIC had in a number of orders made it clear that allegations of corruption do not enjoy exemption but there is no change in the position of the officers handling the RTI requests in the CBI.
Sep 24, 2019
It is imperative for the CBI to apply “judicious rationale” before applying exemption from the RTI Act in responding to petitions seeking records of graft cases probed by its anti-corruption units, the CIC has held. …
It is the responsibility of the head of the institution to appoint people those who are effective public information officers and first appellate authority. The FAA orders are often not transparent, says Bhaskar Prabhu
Sep 2, 2019
While the RTI Act allows for penal provision and disciplinary action only against the Public Information Officers (PIO), the State Information Commission (SIC) is looking to tighten the noose around First Appellate Authorities (FAA) as well. …
03rd August 2019
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Keeping up with the times, the State Information Commission has allowed Right to Information (RTI) applicants to take mobile phone photograph of public documents required.
Information seekers can request in their application that they would opt for taking a photograph rather than waiting for the office concerned take a photocopy and send it by post. …
July 22, 2019
On Friday, the government introduced in Lok Sabha the Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which proposes to give the Centre the powers to set the salaries and service conditions of Information Commissioners at central as well as state levels. The government’s move triggered protests from the Opposition. …
25th June 2019
BHOPAL: In a significant development, the Madhya Pradesh State Information Commission has decided to provide a rape accused cop information about the rape survivor under the Right to Information Act (RTI) – after the information was denied to him twice in the past under the 2005 law.
The matter pertains to Mandla district, where a police officer was accused in 2017 of allegedly raping a woman. A case of rape was lodged at the Kotwali police station against the concerned cop on the complaint of the woman. …
The information commission during the second appeal hearing said that it is not correct for the PIO to state that no FAA was appointed at the public authority.
June 04, 2019
The state information commission (SIC) in an order has showcaused a first appellate authority (FAA) on why no disciplinary action should be recommended for not conducting a first appeal hearing and passing an order on the same.
The order was passed by Sunil Porwal, state information commissioner on May 9 based on an application filed by Pravin Gosavi, an employee of Maharashtra Medical Development, who had sought details about his provident fund, salary increment and confidential report among others. …
May 27, 2019
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Reserve Bank of India to disclose the list of big loan defaulters it had sent to banks for resolution.
The CIC’s directive came while deciding on a plea by Lucknow-based activist Nutan Thakur, who had based her RTI application on some media reports that RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya in a lecture in 2017 had said accounts of some loan defaulters have been sent to banks for resolution. …
27 April, 2019
Ongole: In order to prove that the Andhra Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) is working in a too transparent manner, the website of the commission revealed all registration IDs of the officials and their password to the public. The Central Information Commission is running a website www.cic.gov.in and allows the people to submit an appeal or file a complaint through it. …
26 April 2019
While giving ‘one last opportunity’, the Supreme Court on Friday asked Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to reconsider its position on disclosure of annual inspection reports of banks, list of wilful defaulters and other details sought by activists under Right to Information (RTI) Act. The apex court just stopped short of issuing a contempt notice against RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das in this matter. …
Mar 27, 2019
Thakur in May 2017, where she sought copies of department of personnel and training’s files and letters and notes exchanged …
Supreme Court Warns RBI of Contempt Proceedings for Not Disclosing Banks’ Annual Inspection Reports Under RTI
26 March 2019
The Supreme Court on Tuesday threatened the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) with contempt proceeding for not disclosing banks’ annual inspection reports under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. In January this year, the apex court had issued notice to the central bank on a contempt petition. …
Mar 18, 2019
The state information commission (SIC), in two separate orders, has fined a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) deputy law officer of Rs 10,000.
Besides this, the commission has also sought disciplinary action against the officer and another public information officer (PIO), who failed to provide information even after an order from the SIC. …
Feb 6, 2019
In an important decision that is a statement on the Rajasthan Public Service Commission’s (RPSC) approach towards transparency in its examination system; the Rajasthan Information Commission has ordered RPSC to provide the video recording of the RAS 2016 mains exams of a particular centre. The appellant had claimed that he wanted to bring forth cheating done during the exam. …
A two-judge bench of Justices AK Sikri and Abdul Nazeer said that the selection for Information Commissioners, appointed under RTI act, should not be limited to bureaucrats and candidates from a range of professions and experience should be considered.
February 15, 2019
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday in a landmark verdict ruled that Central Information Commissioner should have the same status as that of Chief Election Commissioner, thwarting the Centre’s bid to bring it under its ambit. …
Dec 24, 2018
Nov 12, 2018
Differently-Abled Not To Be Deprived Of Benefits Of RTI Act: SC Directs Authorities To Explore Advanced Technology To Make Information Accessible To Them
Sep 30, 2018 : Dtf.in
Hon’ble Supreme Court, in its judgment dated 27.09.2018, has ruled as under:-
“… …. we are disposed to think that no further direction needs to be issued except granting liberty to the petitioner to submit a representation to the competent authority pointing out any other mode(s) available for getting information under the Act. If such a representation is submitted, the same shall be dealt not only with sympathy but also with concern and empathy. We say so as differently abled persons, which include visually impaired persons, should have the functional facility to receive such information as permissible under the Act. They should not be deprived of the benefit of such a utility. As indicated in the beginning, the information makes one empowered. Additionally, we think it appropriate to ask the authorities to explore any kind of advanced technology that has developed in the meantime so that other methods can be introduced. We are absolutely sure that if the petitioner would point out, the cognizance of the same shall be taken. We are also certain that the authority shall, with all sincerity and concern, explore further possibilities with the available on-line application/mechanism.”
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