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In a significant decision Central Information Commission (CIC) has ruled that unless proved that record was destroyed as per the prescribed rules of destruction/ retention policy, it is deemed that…

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Guest abirti

Court and CIC have issued several orders to public authorities to go and lodge FIR on such matter . if u want to c decisions go to CIC websites search link type for and read every decision on for ordered by cic

 

Fir have been ordered by CIC on such case and decisions available in CIC website on searching word fir

 

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MANOJ B. PATEL

There is a court Judgement also.

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Prasad GLN

Remember, 'Mantra' may not be one and same for "birth" and "death". Importance of information, urgency, prima facie suspicion of deliberate mischief should be felt by to Hon IC. In not every case CIC decided like that, and only in some cases, where suspicion is apparent, they have decided for lodging FIR.

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koteswararaonerella

The CIC decision or for that matter Court decision are not going to deter the PIO/CPIO who deliberately destroyed the file (secretly) and two things advised in the decision are

1.To nominate some one as Records in charge and they will nominate one record assistant A GROUP -D official

2.At th most what the CIC can do if it suspects the missing of the file RECOMMEND disciplinary action by competent authority who will issue a formal charhe sheet and close with WARNING after collecting his explanation in complince to the commissions advice. NOTHING MORE CAN HPPEN

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RAVEENA_O

What will happen is not the issue. CIC has given certain directives which shall become precedent. Public Authority cannot just take the plea that the file is missing. There shall be a deterent action for such mischief.

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koteswararaonerella

CIC cannot take deterrent action and thence they (PIOs) behave that way irresponsibly.If it is some court they would have thrown into jail and that is what exactly I wanted to tell and I am the last man to support the irresponsible PIO.

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karira
What will happen is not the issue. CIC has given certain directives which shall become precedent. Public Authority cannot just take the plea that the file is missing. There shall be a deterent action for such mischief.

 

In my first appeal hearing on 27 Oct, with the FAA of CIC I took the help of this CIC order and also the Delhi HC judgment (Vishwas Bhamburkar v/s Union of India - on missing files), to get the FAA to direct the PIO to file a FIR for missing records.

 

The written order is still awaited. Hope that it reflects what happened during the hearing.

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Guest abirti
In my first appeal hearing on 27 Oct, with the FAA of CIC I took the help of this CIC order and also the Delhi HC judgment (Vishwas Bhamburkar v/s Union of India - on missing files), to get the FAA to direct the PIO to file a FIR for missing records.

 

The written order is still awaited. Hope that it reflects what happened during the hearing.

 

Hon. Sir if you have submitted cited decisions in written it is my firm hope it will reflect in decision as deciding authority if neglects so imp. Facts will fear of answering to above authority on neglecting cited truth which is in written and copy of same will be submitted to every above hon. Authority where remedy will be asked specially if submitted by honourable you as they also know you had and you can move to further higher appropriate authorities for getting justice.this is real fear to decide truly on truth cited by you

 

 

Next thing I would like to say (due to earlier posts on actions on such cases) I had filed fir without getting sic decision ,only on base of reply that file is missing under public records act and got immediate result as inquiry also departmental against custodian .case is ongoing ,hoping for good.hence we can hope good not only from CIC but also from rti as it makes P.A. to WRITE TRUTH .rti has forced p.a. to answer truly, this is a real remedy as reply opens gates for detterent action for many authorities ,not only cic.what matters is how we use where we submit received reply cum proof

 

I am a fool ,worst in world,all others are genius hence i am forgivable by all for any wrong advice bymistake

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koteswararaonerella

That is what is required to be done by PIOs as soon as the Missing of file comes to his notice ,but this is seldom done by them in any department.

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Satyavrat Jangid

The latest decision relevant to the claim - file missing /not traceable must be circulated to all PIOs with directions to take time bound action for its implementation.

Sent from my Redmi 3S using RTI INDIA mobile app

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Prasad GLN

Who takes the responsibility of such circulating the decisions?   It is duty of concerned public authority to update their designated officials the latest decisions (This includes FAAs in addition to PIOs).  Several authorities upload such decisions in their website to guide the officials.  Honestly, PIOs learn more such things from applicants at the time of first appeal hearing or proceedings.

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