Compensation withdrawnCentral Information Commission (CIC) withdrew its earlier order of awarding compensation to the appellant since the file was traced and information sought was given to the appellant, therefore, the matter of awarding compensation to the appellant does not arise.

CIC ordered that “they need not pay any compensation to the appellant”.

PIO, DTC, Delhi has appealed to review the order of awarding token compensation of Rs.5,000/­ against them to CIC. DTC said that the information was supplied to the appellant now, after tracing the missing file. There was no loss suffered by him, because the entire information was furnished. If you want to file RTI online, visit this article for a comprehensive guide: RTI Online)

The entire information litigation was continuing for the last several years from the days of the former Information Commissioner, Shri A.N.Tiwari. The appellant has filed multiple applications and a lot of valuable time of the Commission and the Public Authority was spent on these RTI applications. The appellant had opted out of pension and was insisting on pension. The Commission had ordered compensation earlier as the original document, wherein the appellant opted out of pension, was not shown to the Commission.

Compensation withdrawn from PIO on tracing the file

CIC further ordered to put an end to this long­drawn information litigation, with the issue of this order:

“Any further applications on this subject by the appellant have to be closed then and there itself, at the level of PIO, giving reference to this order, so that the multiplicity of litigation on this subject is not encouraged.”

Case Citation: Mr. Satdev Sharma Vs. DTC , Delhi File No:File No.CIC/DS/A/2013/001250­SA dated 09-07-2014

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  1. By this single Order the CIC has made all the provisions of RTI ACT, 2005 which prescribe the ‘specific period of time’ for providing any information to any applicant simply meaningless. The Order of CIC fails to appreciate that ‘Justice delayed is justice denied’ and our life is all about a limited period of time. It would ultimately be a good tool to delay information without bearing any consequences and in reality it would defeat the spirit of the RTI Act, 2005, which intends to provide information to the public in a ‘time bound manner’. .