Case: Brig. Rajindar Kumar, VSM (Retd.) Vs Northern Railway. Central Information Commission

Party NameBrig. Rajindar Kumar, VSM (Retd.) Vs Northern Railway
JudgesO.P. Kejariwal, I.C.
IssueRight to Information Act
Judgement DateDecember 15, 2007
CourtCentral Information Commission

Decision:

O.P. Kejariwal, I.C.

Background:

1. Brig. Rajindar Kumar of Ambala filed an RTI-application with the Public Information Officer, Railway Board, New Delhi, on 3 August 2006, which was to be treated as his Notice under Section 80 CPC, the Right to Information Act, and the Disaster Management Act - 2005.

2. The APIO, Railway Board, forwarded his RTI-application to the PIO, Northern Railway, New Delhi. The Appellant filed an appeal with the first Appellate Authority on 28 January 2008 and also approached the Central Information Commission with a second appeal on 26 July 2007.

3. The bench of Dr. O.P. Kejariwal, Information Commissioner, heard the matter on 10 December 2007.

4. Shri P.P. Pandey, Dy. GM/Law & CPIO and Shri T.R. Sharsar, Sr. DMM & PIO, represented the Respondents.

5. The Appellant, Brig. Rajinder Kumar, was represented by Shri Jagdish Prasad.

Decision:

6. The Commission heard both the sides in what seemed to be an extremely complicated case. According to the Respondents, the Appellant first sent a letter to the Railway Headquarters on 3 August 2006 dealing with miscellaneous matters to be treated as an application under Section 80 CPC and also in RTI. This application did not have the prescribed fee. However, since it dealt with a number of issues not directly concerned with the supply of information and mostly consisting of suggestions for improvement of Railways, the Respondents forwarded this communication to the Railway Board. Subsequently, the Appellant filed an RTI-application with the Railway Board on 11 November 2006 but with an enclosure...

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