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    Penalty to Public Information Officer for not appearing for the hearing


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    appearing for the hearingCentral Information Commission issued a show cause notice to Public Information Officer of Consumer Affairs Department, GNCTD for not appearing for the hearing and authorizing a junior official who is not aware of the case to appear and thereby obstructing the supply of information. (If you want to file RTI Online, use our Guide here!)

     

    Shri Randhir Kumar Bhaskar, FSO (Gen) Consumer Affairs Dept GNCTD authorised Shri Shakti Singh to appear before the Commission and to submit the documents. When the Commission queried as to where the information sought would be available, it was the submission of Shri Shakti Singh that he was instructed only to supply the documents to the Commission and is not aware of anything.

    Not appearing for the hearing

    RTI Applicant filed complaint before the CIC requesting to treat his appeal as complaint filed u/s 18 of the Act and to decide in terms of judicial pronouncement in the case of J.K.Mittal Vs CIC as no purpose would be served in case the Respondent is directed to provide the requisite information after a lapse of a period of more than 2.5 years.

     

    The Commission directed Shri Randhir Kumar Baskar, FSO (Gen) to show cause as to why maximum penalty should not be imposed upon him for not appearing for the hearing and authorizing a junior official who is not aware of the case to appear and thereby obstructing the supply of information.

     

    L.G. Dass Vs. Consumer Affairs Dept, GNCTD

    You can discuss this decision at our forum here! This is an extract of the decision available on the CIC public website, and is meant for generating interest in our readers only. For the true detailed and authentic copy you must download the decision from the CIC website!
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    The heading is misleading. While reading the CIC decision, Show cause notice for penalty only issued. Not Penalty imposed to PIO.

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    In a similar decision(CIC/DS/A/2012/001013, Dtd 11/12/2012), CIC frowned on the act of CPIO, who had nominated a junior officer for hearing. The IC too warned to nominate at least of EQUAL RANK, in case the CPIO would fail to attend the hearing.

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