Can one make RTI as a hobby? Especially when there is no public interest? In the hearing at Central Information Commission, an RTI applicant stated that ‘Filing RTI is my hobby, and there is no public interest in those RTI”.
CIC came heavily on to the applicant and stated that such hobby of filing RTI without any public interest causes loss of both time and energy of the Government and it causes disproportionate diversion of the resources of the public authority. (Clause 7 (9) of the RTI Act 2005)
CIC warned the applicant not to waste time and resources of the public authority, or else Central Information Commission shall not take cognisance of such appeal or complaint.
RTI is my hobby
Earlier, the RTI applicant has filed 11 applications with 15 to 23 points each related to log books of the Government and Private vehicles of Prasar Bharti, Hissar. When CIC asked why this information is required and what is the public interest involved in such RTI, the applicant stated that he is posted in Agriculture university Haryana and asking such information from All India Radio is his hobby and there is no public interest but only his personal interest.
The decision is available in Hindi at the CIC website here: Sh. Chandrabhan Didhoria Vs Prasar Bharti, Hissar
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