frivolous RTIAfter filing 30 applications on the same subject with different names but with the same handwriting, Central Information Commission came heavily by warning to desist from misusing the provisions of the RTI Act for settling his personal scores with the respondent. CIC further stated that “In case the appellant continues to prefer RTI applications which are vexatious and frivolous in nature with a view to disproportionately divert the resources of the public authority, then the PIO will be free to deny information under the provisions of section 7 (9) of the Act.”

It is certain that this variety of the vexatious and frivolous petitions is not going to serve the interest of the Right to Information ⎯ the self-serving, pious protestations of serial petitioners such as this one notwithstanding.

NDMC, the Respondent informed that appellant who has filed at least 30 RTI applications in different names with similar queries, having the same handwriting regarding pending payment of M/s Gyan Const Co. against work done by the agency.

Vexatious and frivolous RTI are ground of denial

The Commission emphasised that though the Respondents are duty-bound to supply information asked for by the Appellants, the Appellants are also required to keep in mind the objectives of the RTI Act as outlined in the Preamble to the Act: and that is, to introduce the elements of transparency and accountability in the functioning of the public authorities and to contain corruption.

The citation is available here: Sh. R.K. Chauhan & Sh. N. Singh Vs NDMC

Some of the similar decisions posted at our Case segments are as below:

  1. Probe into the motive behind repeated RTI
  2. No Right to Repeat: Citizen has right to information only once- Rules CIC

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  1. Informed citizenry is essential for good governance. Transparency and accountability is required to prevent corruption. Often public authorities gives confused informations to escape from their responsibilities. Sec 7(9) should not be considerd as a weapon to evade from furnishing informations. Also it is must to prevent the abuse of law.