File No. CIC/SM/A/2013/000075. Case: Sh. Vinod Varshney Vs Central Public Information Officer. Central Information Commission

Case NumberFile No. CIC/SM/A/2013/000075
CounselFor Respondents: Sh. Sanjeev Kazi, CPIO
JudgesSatyananda Mishra, C.I.C.
IssueRight to Information Act
Judgement DateJuly 03, 2013
CourtCentral Information Commission


Satyananda Mishra, C.I.C.

1. We heard both the parties. In his RTI application, the Appellant had sought a variety of information about the functioning of the DMC, Nainital such as the details of the officials posted there, the guests who stayed in the guesthouse and the cost of maintenance work undertaken in the guesthouse as well as some information regarding the various LTC entitlements of employees. The CPIO had provided some of this information straight away and had offered some more against payment of photocopying charges. It seems the Appellant did not deposit the photocopying charges on the ground that it was being demanded after the expiry of the stipulated period. He had also appealed against the order of the CPIO. We understand that the Appellate Authority had disposed of the appeal and some further information had been provided consequently.

2. During the hearing, the Appellant insisted that he should be given the information free of charge since the CPIO had responded to him beyond the stipulated period. On the other hand, the CPIO gave a chronological account of how the RTI application had reached him via the Post Office and the headquarters and argued that he had responded well in time and, therefore, the Appellant should deposit the photocopying charges in order to get the information. After carefully considering the facts of the case, we are of the opinion that the CPIO should provide the copies of the records of the relevant information free of charge not because he had responded beyond the stipulated period but because...

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