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sir,

 

a partition suit was pending between two brothers and one of them is a senior citizen. suit was initiated by the partition suit

it was found that the other brother had got all prop records mutated to his single name.

 

when a RTI is filed to get some info, the local panchayat office declines to give info stating case pending in court to cover up the forgery they had done? is this a valid denial?

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No. Go for first appeal.

There is no such exemption under RTI. Only when the Court specifically bars that information, then that may be a valid explanation. Mere pending of a suit is not exemption from providing information. This is a serious violation.Fundamental for denial is stating such section/subsection under RTI and then giving justification. Without these fundamentals, denial of information amounts to deliberate and malafide .

In addition to this formal first appeal, make a complaint to concerned Head of the dept/office about the denial.

Remember, there are no exemptions for any information in larger public interest. If a forgery is perpetrated, it is a crime and against public interest. There are no exemptions for such information under RTI. if the information is in larger public interest.

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