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By Atul Patankar
As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 1 October 2009
NEW DELHI: The Central Information Commission has slapped the maximum fine of Rs 25,000 provided under the RTI Act on the CEO of a cost accounting body for failure to give timely information in a case.
The CIC slapped the fine on the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India's (ICWAI) CEO, Sudhir Mukund Galande, while dismissing his argument that he was acting as a "facilitator" to the RTI applicant and that he was "not having direct access or control" over the information.
Information Commissioner M M Ansari found it a fit case to impose a fine of Rs 25,000, maximum provided under the Act, on him with the directions to the chairman of the institute to deduct it under five monthly instalments from the salary of Galande.
"It is hard to believe that he has no direct access or control over the information maintained by his office, of which he is the CEO. We, therefore, hold that he has violated the provisions of the Act since he did not respond to the RTI applications in question within the stipulated time of 30 days," Ansari ruled while hearing the plea of RTI applicant Ramesh Moreshwar Joshi, whose application was not responded in timely manner.
He also directed the president of the institute to give a compensation of Rs 15,000 to Joshi for the harassment suffered by him.
Source: CEO of ICWAI fined by CIC for delaying info under RTI - India Business - Business - NEWS - The Times of India
In an interim order, CIC has not only asked the PIO to show cause regarding maximum penalty of Rs 25,000/- but has also asked the DRM of NE railway to show cause as to why the appellant shoulkd not be awarded a compensation of Rs 100,000/-.
The Applicant sought information. CIC passed an order to disclose. Order was not implemented by NE railway.
The interim order is attached to this post.