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On a false complaint of a student, an inquiry was ordered against a maths teacher wherein feedback was taken from students asking them whether they liked the teacher or not. The school dropped the charges against the teacher after finding that there was some kind of politics at play in the school and there was an attempt to vilify the teacher.
RTI brought respect to teacher after 2 years
However, this did not end here. The report that the charges has been dropped against him, was never told to him from the past 2 years. He was put to serious suffering, agony and anguish for the last two year's. When he filed RTI to know the inquiry report and feedback received, this was denied by PIO. The school went ahead of suppressing the vital information to First Appellate Authority, ie Directorate of Education, GNCTD, Delhi. The teacher filed a second appeal with the central information commission (cic) but school didn't give any bit of information to the teacher even then.
During the hearing at CIC, however the school did produce the inquiry report wherein it finally revealed that the charges were already dropped on Feb 2013 and that it was never told to the teacher. It was indeed a very pathetic non-responsive attitude of the PIO against a teacher who was liked by most of the students and he is made to suffer without any relief or information about the dropping of charges against him.
CIC recorded that PIO has a harassing attitude as was evident from the denial of teacher right, and from the fact that there was an attempt of suppression of information from FAA. Teacher has the right to have a copy of the inquiry report, whether it is favorable or not. Teacher also has right under RTI Act but also under the principles of natural justice, especially when the inquiry into allegations was completed.
CIC issued show cause notice to PIO for imposing maximum penalty, ordered that certified copies of inquiry must be supplied and ordered token payment of Rs. 1000/- as compensation.
The citation is available here Vinod Kr. Malik Vs. Dte of Education, GNCTD
(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 read and download the decision from the CIC website)