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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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