Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Punjab varsity seeks Rs 12L for RTI reply

Chandigarh's Panjab University (PU) has asked an LLM student, Varun Malik, to pay a whopping Rs 12.22 lakh for replies that he had sought to 19 queries under the Right to Information Act. Malik alleged that PU asked him to pay through the nose to discourage him from seeking information that could blow the lid off various scams on the campus. The officials maintain that Malik has to pay the fee as RTI rules make it clear that the petitioner has to pay Rs 2 per page for the information sought. ``The information Malik has sought runs into more than 6 lakh pages,'' an official said. Malik is unconvinced. ``It's surprising that the information would run into so many pages,'' he said.

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