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MANOJ B. PATEL

Dear member, In a case of, State Bank of India v. Mohd. Shahjahan, AIR 2010 Del 2005 it was held that, " Burden of proof entirely is on Public Authority to show why information sought from it should not be disclosed". In this matter marks given in performance appraisal by superior officer of employee was information held by employer-Bank. Fiduciary relationship, if at all was between employer and employee. Exemption was from disclosure to third party and certainly not to employee himself. If intention of making an adverse entry was to enable employee to improve his performance, then that purpose was not served by keeping information from him. Information sought by employee concerning himself was not protected from exemption u/s 8(1)(e). Submission that disclosure of such information would jeopardize relation between employee and superior officer who recorded entry was misconceived.

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Prasad GLN

Please go through Sec.20 Penalties--2nd Para which reads as under

"Provided that the burden of proving that he acted reasonably and diligently shall be on the Central Public Information Officer or State Public Information Officer, as the case may be"

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