Is the name of the applicant required in an application?
Background of the case
An application was filed on behalf of M/s Vista Plastech seeking details of the accounts of two other customers of the bank. The PIO had refused the information by claiming that it was exempted from disclosure being third party account details and cited the provisions of Section 8(1) (j) of the RTI Act in support of his decision. The Appellate Authority endorsed this decision.
View of CIC
The Commission upheld the decision of the Appellate Authority. Besides, the Commission noted that there is no identifiable citizen of India but someone on behalf of an enterprise who had sought the information without even taking pains to write his name. The Commission observed that no-where in the first appeal or the second appeal, the name of the Appellant is to be seen. The Commission held that in terms of the provisions of the RTI Act and as a mark of courtesy to the authorities, to whom the information seeker wants to approach, the applicant must reveal his full name and address.
Citation: M/s Vista Plastech v. Punjab National Bank in File No.CIC/SM/A/2011/000043