A simple request to Canara bank for 'Yes' or 'No' to know whether the Canara Bank has any account who has given this particular address was denied by the bank citing Personal and Fiduciary relationship exception clauses. The applicant suspected that certain malpractices are being routed through this bank account which could be money laundering. He did not desired any statement of account and that he does not even want to know whether it is a cash credit or savings bank or term loan or a current account.
"The appellant said that he just wants to get a response from the bank in 'yes' or 'no' on the point mentioned in the RTI application, i.e., whether there is any account holder in the bank with the addresses mentioned in the RTI application ".
The Canara Bank denies Information immediately after applying the Exemption clauses under section 8(1)(e) and (j) of the RTI Act. The appellant filed a first appeal with the first appellate authority (FAA) who responded and informed the appellant that the sought information does not come under the purview of definition of information under section 2(f) of the RTI Act.
Canara Bank denies Information
The appellant stated that he is an informed citizen, wanting to get information in the public interest. The appellant emphasized that he does not want any statement of account and that he does not even want to know whether it is a cash credit or savings bank or term loan or a current account.
The CIC allowed the appeal and the respondent was directed to provide to the appellant, within 30 days of this order, the information sought above in context of the RTI application.
(Vijai Sharma) Information Commissioner
Appeal No.CIC/VS/A/2013/000384 Dated: 31.12.2013
Appellant: Shri K.D. Aggarwal,
PIO: Public Information Officer, Canara Bank, Chandigarh
Link to Decision: K.D.Aggarwal Vs Canara Bank