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RTI Act does not draw a distinction between demand for information in public interest and private interest.

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The Full Bench Orders of the CIC are as below :


56. The respondent’s counsel has tenaciously argued that the appellant’s request for information is not in public interest and that he is seeking this information for extraneous considerations. The question is whether information is disclosable under the RTI Act only in public interest and not otherwise. Suffice to say that RTI Act does not draw a distinction between demand for information in public interest and private interest. The Act provides for disclosure of information to the citizens of India subject to the provisions of section 8, 9, 10 & 11 of the RTI Act. In other words, appellant is not required to establish any larger public interest in his search for all classes of information. He is required to establish public interest only in particular clauses of section 8(1) of the RTI Act. In view of the above, we hold that appellant need not establish public interest while seeking information for all classes of information.


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