Thursday, January 21, 2010

Railways asked to pay Rs 1 lakh to RTI applicant

In a significant order, the CIC has awarded compensation of Rs 1 lakh to an RTI applicant who was not informed about his marks in an examination conducted by the railways. The commission also penalised the information officer of North-Eastern Railways Rs 25,000 for giving misleading information. Applicant Majid Hussain had moved the CIC after his repeated requests for information pertaining to the marks obtained by him in the selection process conducted by North-Eastern Railways, Lucknow (2005-06), remained unanswered."The appellant has indeed suffered detriment in seeking information which is critical for securing justice. The respondent is, therefore, liable to pay a compensation of Rs 100,000 for all kinds of losses, including mental harassment, career opportunities, suffered by the appellant," M M Ansari, information commissioner, said.

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