What is that RTI Question which does not reflect a balanced state of mind of an applicant?

balance state of mind of an applicantIf you file at least 20 RTI applications on the same subject the Central Information Commission might advise you not to resort to repetition of RTI questions which does not reflect a balanced state of mind and also causes enormous wastage of public time supposed to be used for public interest by the Public Authorities. If there is no public interest and the questions are harassing in nature, the same are liable to be rejected. If you want to file RTI Online, read our guide here!

Mr. Manish Aggarwal has filed at least 20 RTI applications on the same subject, mostly relating to the same school from different angles. Complete information was given to the present RTI application which was also recorded by the First Appellate Authority. (If you have any query regarding RTI, please post at our forum here!)

CIC directed that the PIOs representing the Public Authority, are directed to verify whether the RTI applications filed by the appellant earlier were on the same subject matter and whether the same were answered already by the PIOs. If it is so, then the PIO can straightaway reject the repetition of the RTI application on the same subject, unless the applicant has sought any new information. The RTI questions/requests for information pertaining to the same institution from different angles will definitely have a harassing effect on the educational institution and on the PIO and hence the PIO is expected to ascertain whether any larger public interest is involved in answering the questions.

The Commission also advises the appellant not to resort to repetition of RTI questions which does not reflect a balanced state of mind and also causes enormous wastage of public time supposed to be used for public interest by the Public Authorities. The Commission also directs the Public Authority to give a comprehensive but brief report of the present appellant’s RTI questions, the responses to the same given by the PIO/FAA/CIC, put up this report in the official web­site of the Public Authority and exhibit the same, at a conspicuous place in the office premises of the respondent authority.

Citation: Mr. Manish Aggarwal Vs Directorate of Education Delhi, File No: (1)File No.CIC/AD/A/2013/001929­SA (2)File No.CIC/AD/A/2013/001930­SA dated 28.07.2014

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2 comments on “What is that RTI Question which does not reflect a balanced state of mind of an applicant?
  1. Anonymous says:

    In case where different information is repeatedly sought from the same public authority and the same is denied being harassing in nature, the applicant would resort to file applications through his relatives, friends, acquaintances who may be political persons, media people, social activists. This may lead to misuse of information which would be ever more harassing to the public authority.

  2. C J Karira says:

    If the IC continuously passes the same unreasoned decisions – then will it reflect the unbalanced state of mind of the commissioner ?

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