In the first case of its kind, an Information Commissioner has been directed to pay costs of Rs 1 lakh by the Apex Court for filing a frivolous petition. This judgment has wide ramifications for the transparency movement in the country.
Hon’ble Supreme Court recorded that “With the above observations, the special leave petition is dismissed. For filing a frivolous petition, the petitioner is saddled with cost of Rs.1,00,000/-. The amount of cost shall be deposited by the petitioner with the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee within a period of 2 months from today. If the needful is not done, the Secretary of the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee shall recover the amount of cost from the petitioner as arrears of land revenue.”