On one hand you can obtain the details of dates and nature of leave taken by the Government servants during his tenure but copy of the leave application and sanction memos would affect the privacy of the concerned individual and therefore exempt under clause Section 8 (1) (j) of the RTI Act. Do read our wiki article about ‘What is Privacy under RTI‘. You can also join us on our Right to Privacy Portal here http://www.rtpindia.org.
Central Information commission recorded in the case where RTI applicant sought information on three points regarding the leave record, leave applications and leave sanction memos in respect of a Branch Manager of the bank. In this context, CIC noted that “records such as leave applications and sanction memos could contain information regarding the concerned Branch Manager, which is of a personal nature. Information regarding the dates and nature of leave has already been provided to the Appellant.“
The First Appellate Authority (FAA) had directed the CPIO to provide the details of dates and nature of leave taken by the concerned Branch Manager during his tenure at the branch in question. The FAA had however, further stated that the contention of the Appellant to provide certified copies of the leave applications was not tenable as this would affect the privacy of the concerned individual. This was upheld by CIC in it’s over available here!
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