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Leave details cannot be denied under Sec 8(1)(e) and (j)

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There is a saying in Hindi "Par Updesh Kushal Bahutere". CIC orders that leave details cannot be denied under Sec 8(1)(e)and(j). But the CIC, as a public authority, has denied the same information even without quoting any Section!!


An RTI application was filed with CIC in Feb. this year asking the following information:



1. Please inform me the leave entitlements of the Central Information Commissioners.


2. Please inform me the details of leave availed by each of the Central Information Commissioners during the year 2010.


3. Please provide me certified copy of leave applications and joining reports of each of the Central Information Commissioners in respect of leaves availed by them during the year 2010.



After 30 days, a letter was received from Under Secretary (Admn.) of CIC without giving any reference to the RTI application (rather giving reference to a letter of CPIO, regarding which applicant was not aware) enclosing therewith information with regard to point no. 1. Regarding point no. 2 and 3, it was mentioned that the same can be had from the concerned Registries.


After another 15 days time, another letter has been received from the CPIO, again without giving reference to the rti application. The letter reads as under:


"Please refer to our letter of even no. dated 8.3.2011. Information on point no. 2 & 3 is as under:


2. Smt. Deepak Sandhu, Hon'ble Information Commissioner availed 8 CL, 1 RH and 42 days Ex-India leave during 2010.

Shri Shailesh Gandhi, Hon'ble Information Commissioner availed 18 leave during 2010.

Ms. Annapurna Dixit, hon'ble Information Commissioner availed 5 days during 2010.

No information has been made available by other registries as the information is not maintained by them.


3. Copies of the leave application received from the registries of IC(DS) & IC(AD) are enclosed."



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