Using RTI to seek information regarding termination from service
The appellant was given a show-cause notice by Vigilance Officer and was directed to reply within 10 days. After five months of submitting his reply, his service was terminated. Later he filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the National Informatics Center (NIC) seeking information in this regard. He sought to know what action was taken by the Vigilance Officer about his explanation and if no action had been taken then the reasons thereof. He also wanted the copies of all the departmental proceedings, all the communication and all the documents related to termination of his services. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided some information.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC) the appellant stated that he has not been provided the documents requested in of his RTI application. The PIO stated that the matter was pending before the CAT and hence the information could not be disclosed.
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The Commission observed that the PIO denied the information simply stating that the case was pending with CAT. He has neither cited the exemption provision under section 8(1) of the RTI Act nor has he given justification for the same. The CIC directed the PIO to furnish the information to the appellant.
Citation: Mr. Rizwan v. National Informatics Center in File No. CIC/LS/A/2012/000429/BS/1762
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2013/CIC/1032
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