The main motive of RTI act is being defeated under garb of section 2(f)
Ref: Information regarding whether Joint Commissioner of Income Tax Dept could become a Managing Trustee of a registered trust, whether any prior permission taken from government etc was denied u/s 8(1)(j)
Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen, information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be, is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such information:
Provided that the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to any person.
of the RTI Act - CIC: No public interest established
Comment: Sir the main motive of RTI act is being defeated under garb of section 2(f). Today PIOs are denying information that question cannot be answered which is not justified. No doubt Bombay high court has rightly stated that “why” cannot be replied but other question like “whether”, “how”, etc. should have been replied and we should make efforts in this regard. As per my information, the SIC of Kerala had ordered the PIO to provide information asked in questionnaire format, copy of which I can provide. Please take the matter with ministry and CIC of India to achieve the ultimate goal and there should have no problem in replying the questions like whether this has been done or not supply copy of the same, because this question falls within the ambit of information available on record.
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Name: Rehmat Ali
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