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Avoid unparliamentary language in your RTI

The commission came heavily on the RTI applicant who wrote “cheated by SBI” above his name and signatures.

If such behavior continues on the part of the appellant, the Commission will have no option but to take action as per the law of the land. The appellant is advised to refrain from the use of such language in his communications in future.

The Public authority stated during the hearing that the appellant was in the habit of writing unpalatable words like “cheated by the SBI” and using unparliamentary language in his RTI applications Read more ›




Vexatious and frivolous RTI are ground of denial

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. Read more ›




Probe into the motive behind repeated RTI

motive behind activismContinuing their earlier decision of ‘No Right to Repeat‘, now Central Information commission has gone a step ahead and directed to seek a probe by an appropriate authority into the motive behind the RTI applicant repeated RTI questions in such a reckless manner. This probe is intended for Public Authority to know whether repeated questions are guided by public interest or private interest! If you want to file RTI Online, please read our guide on filing RTI online here. You can download our sample RTI forms here!

The Commission considered this case as the case of repetitive use of RTI assuming the proportion of harassment to the Public Authority and reckless abuse of RTI. Read more ›