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CIC gives up on Allahabad High Court RTI Rules !

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In a candid order, the CIC has said that it is helpless (just like citizens, applicants and appellants) since the Allahabad High Court is not changing its RTI Rules. These rules cause inordinate delays in the PIO providing information. The PIO of the Allahabad HC has seldom replied to a RTI application in 30 days.


As regards the delay on the part of the CPIO in replying to the Appellant,

we have noticed very often that the CPIO of the Allahabad High Court rarely

responds to any RTI request within the stipulated period of 30 days mainly

because of the elaborate procedure laid down under the Allahabad High Court

Right to Information Rules. The sanctity of the time limit fixed under the Right to

Information (RTI) Act is breached every such time when the CPIO fails to

respond within 30 days of receiving an RTI application. We cannot punish the

CPIO for this because it is not he who is responsible for the delay but the

procedure put in place by the High Court. In the past, on many occasions, we

had observed that the competent authority in the High Court must revisit this

arrangement and ensure that the timelines fixed in the Right to Information

(RTI) Act are strictly adhered to. It appears no one has taken any heed of that.

The citizens can only feel helpless because there is nothing they can do. The

CIC is also equally helpless because the Allahabad High Court procedure for

disclosure of information involves the vetting and approval of the information by

both a Committee of Judges and the Chief Justice of the High Court. Once

again, we hope that the situation would change and like all other public

authorities in India including the Supreme Court of India, the Allahabad High

Court would also follow the provisions of the law both in letter and spirit.

CIC helpless in face of Allahabad High Court RTI Rules.pdf

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