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An important Decision of Madras High court dealing with the dutyof a public information officer.

Dr V S Prasanna Rajan

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Dr V S Prasanna Rajan

Enclosed in this post, the copy of the judgment rendered  by the High court of Madras wherein, the court observed -

" 10. Normally, Courts, which come across several cases, reject the request of the claimant in respect of disclosure of documents, on the ground that Writ Petition is pending or on some other reasons. Mere pendency of the matter is not a bar to furnish details even if it pertains to the very same case pending before the Court. Unless or otherwise there is an interim order, then the information need not be given for the present till the disposal of those matters. Now-a-days, the Officials are used to adopt a tactic answer in mechanical manner that the information sought for is exempted in the light of Section 8(1)(d) of the Act, without actually ascertaining as to whether the information sought falls within the ambit of the said provision. Such Officers must be taught a lesson and in my view, they are unfit to hold the post of Public Information Officer or any other post in connection with the discharge of duties under RTI Act and they should be shown the doors, so that it will be a lesson for other Officers to act in accordance with the terms of the Act, failing which they may also face the similar or more consequences. "



Madras High Court - Public Information Officers Who Mechanically Reject RTI Applications Should Be Shown The Doors.pdf

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