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An Applicant during inspection of the concerned records can be accompanied by his counsel or an authorized representative.
The object of the Act is to provide access to information in the custody of the executive agencies. Undoubtedly, the PIO was of the opinion that the records of which inspection have been sought, I were not of the kind which cannot be granted access to.
If the petitioner, for some reasons, felt inhibited due to his not being fluent in English, denial of appropriate assistance in fact would have resulted in withholding access to information. Surely, that is not the object of the Act or even the order. In these circumstances, the respondents should grant the petitioner's request. Accordingly, the respondent No.1 is directed to permit inspection of the concerned records by the petitioner, who can be accompanied by his counsel or an authorized representative.