Saturday, June 26, 2010

CIC slaps Rs 250 per day fine on info office

The chief information commissioner (CIC) has slapped a penalty of Rs 250 per day on the information officer of the state home department starting from May 31, 2010, till the time he provides the information sought by an IPS officer under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Prior to slapping the fine, the CIC sought personal appearance of the officer concerned to award him the opportunity to explain the reason behind the delay in providing the said information to the applicant but the officer in questioned not only failed to appear before the CIC but also did not find it important enough to inform the commission about the reason of his absence in advance.
The issue relates to an IPS officer, Amitabh Thakur, who is presently on a study leave for a management course at the Indian Institute of Management - Lucknow (IIM-L). Thakur had reportedly submitted an application to the public information officer (PIO) of the state home department, Madan Kishore Srivastava, on May 29 seeking copies of all the notings, comments, letters, orders and correspondences related to his study leave application that he had applied on April 3, 2008. After the PIO of the state home department failed to provide the information, the IPS officer took refuge of the CIC.

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