In a utter disrespect to the RTI Act SDM of Alipur, New Delhi repeatedly claimed that he does not have information and suggested to RTI applicant to approach some other office for information on the number of lanes in the village Khera Kalon and their width at present compared to the width of the same in 1975 etc records the CIC. First appellate authority (FAA) by his order had even directed the PIO/SDM(Alipur) to give clear and categorical reply to points within one week. As the FAA order was not complied with the RTI applicant filed the 2nd appeal before the information Commission.
During the hearing the appellant was absent. The Public Authority was represented by
Satish Kumar, CO(Alipur) O/o SubDivisional Magistrate(Alipur), GNCTD, Delhi.
Through his RTI application dt. 10102012, the appellant has sought information regarding the number of lanes in the village Khera Kalon and their width at present compared to the width of the same in 1975 etc. PIO replied on 261 12012. Being unsatisfied with the order of PIO, the appellant preferred First Appeal. FAA by his order dated 17122012 directed the PIO/SDM(Alipur) to give clear and categorical reply to point Nos. 1,2,5,7 and 11 within one week. As the FAA order was not complied with the appellant filed the 2nd appeal before the Commission.
After hearing the submissions made by the respondent, the Commission observes that FAA also concluded that reply of PIO was neither categorical nor proper. The PIO's reply in March 2012 after FAA's order, is a repetition of earlier answer claiming that he does not have information and suggesting to approach some other office for this information. This is a disrespect to the RTI Act and FAA order.
The Commission, therefore, directed the PIO not only to comply with the FAA order within one week from the date of receipt of this order but also directed to show cause why penalty cannot be imposed for the noncompliance of FAA order by SDM.
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