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CIC directs RBI to provide names of big loan defaulters
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- CIC Decision dated 02.07.2019 on the Second Appeal file by Commodore Lokesh K. Batra V. CPIO, Deptt. of Personnel & Training, New Delhi – CIC: “Although, the strength of material on record does not warrant ascribing a mala fide intention on the part of the then CPIO for having denied the information but the allegation of the Complainant that this kind of conduct amounts to stonewalling RTI Applications and stifling the very letter and spirit of RTI Act weighs in. By resorting to such unwarranted opacity, DoPT is setting a bad example for other public authorities and at the same time is discrediting its own footing as the nodal agency for implementation of RTI Act. Commission admonishes the then CPIO for invoking Section 8(1)(i) of the RTI Act without assessing its applicability and the present CPIO is also warned against mindlessly endorsing the reply of the then CPIO.” [Section 8(1)(i); CPIO, Appointment of CIC]
- CIC Decision dated 28.06.2019 on the Second Appeal filed by Mandeep V. CPIO, Bureau of Immigration, New Delhi, CPIO, IB, New Delhi – The CIC directed the respondent to transfer the appellant’s RTI application under Section 6(3) of the RTI Act to the CPIO, MHA within a period of two weeks from the date of receipt of a copy of the order under intimation to the appellant. The Commission further directed the CPIO, MHA, New Delhi, to provide correct and complete information to the appellant within a period of four weeks. [Sections 6(3), 24(1); Bureau of Immigration]
- CIC Decision dated 12.06.2019 on the second Appeal filed by Ujwala Kokde V. CPOI, Ministry of Home Affairs, Judicial Division, New Delhi – CIC: “In view of the above, the Commission notes that the file noting and correspondence received or sent by the Ministry of Home Affairs pertaining to the appellant’s mercy petition which is not a part of the Ministerial advice to the President as well as the file noting relating to the file of the mercy petition file by Shri Pradeep Yeshwanth Kokde as sought by the appellant can be provided to the appellant. … … the Commission directs the respondent to provide the information sought for, after severing all the names and other references which could reveal the identities of the public officials concerned, to the appellant within a period of four weeks… … [Article 74(2) of the Constitution; Sections 8(1)(g) of the RTI Act; Mercy Petition]
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. …
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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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