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Dear RTI Activists, For many years now I have known that most of the ICs of TNSIC never issue decisions as per the RTI Act. They always go easy on the PIO who did not even care to reply even after first appeal and up until the commission issues a notice. Though I have successfully penalized many of them but in more than 50% of the cases the ICs don't apply penalties even after multiple reminders... The option of going to the High Court, as you all know, is expensive given that these matters are simple. Few years ago I tried to get a blanket direction from high court that the ICs must apply the act strictly and that all decisions must be a well reasoned one etc... It did not go as per my plan as the HC simply directed them dispose of the matters as per law... that is the problem with High Court in that they are not empathetic to the real issue. While the matter stood thus, I recently got a decision from CIC of TNSIC that made me very upset. The RTI was about status of one of my representation to the DGP(Chennai) office. The DGP office never replied to my representation even after multiple reminders. So, I filed an RTI asking for status and some other info and referred to my representations with date of my representations. The PIO and first Appellate never responded up until two days before 2nd appeal hearing date! I got the summon but I couldn't go as it is cost prohibitive to travel from Hyderabad to Chennai but wrote a letter promptly which is referred in the decision of the CIC of TNSIC. The CIC of TNSIC dismissed my 2nd Appeal cum Complaint stating 3 things, namely: (1) Appellant didn't have much interest in the case and thus is absented from the hearing! (2) Appellant's has not given sufficient information to the PIO [Note: even though the PIO has correctly responded just few days before the inquiry:-) ] (3) The PIO has taken pain to provide the information! [Note: he replied after 10 months!!] I am appalled. How did this guy become a CIC? He was a Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu before. Does that qualify him to be "person of eminence in public life" to hold this position? The guy has not even made an effort to understand and appreciate the RTI act even after holding the position for 3 years! As you can see, the decision is horrible. He didn't even note the fact that PIO/Appellate never responded in time and never asked for clarification ever. Further he did not decide my complaint u/s.18 either. I wanted to do something and looking for like minded people to work together. Here is what I planned to do. (1) File an RTI and find all relevant information appointing this CIC (Sripathi ). Done & waiting for info. (2) Collect bad decisions by Sripathi & have a report done by a lawyer/retd. judge for the quality of his decisions. (3) File a petition with the TN Govt asking them to withdraw his appointment. (4) If no action by TN Govt, then file a Writ with High Court along with all of the above documents. What am I looking for from this group? (1) I need help with #2 above. Would love to work with like minded people. (2) Are there other things we can do to direct the ICs so that the decisions are as per the letter and spirit of the RTI Act? More ideas are welcome. (3) It will be good if few people can share the cost if and when we go to the High Court. Please respond with your thoughts. Thanks Raj+91 90xxxxxxxxx [mobile numbers not permitted on this portal]