CIC takes exception for the use of intemperate language by RTI applicant

PIO’s stand was that the information sought was vague, highly generalized in nature and scattered over various public authorities and was not covered by S.2(f) of the RTI Act and that the complainant had used abusive and foul language which is punishable under IPC. CIC took very strong exception of the intemperate language used by the appellant in his application/appeal; that the RTI Act gives right to Indian Citizens to access information as per provisions under Section 2(f); that the Application in the present matter does not qualify under the RTI Act as no specific information had been sought but only abusive disparaging phrases have been written with an apparent intention to insult the public authority. There may be concerns that the appellant desires to raise against the public authority but the RTI Act certainly does not provide for vilifying public authorities in such explicit manner by means of filing an RTI application, without even asking for any information as such. Hence, no further intervention of the Commission was required in the matter.

No. CIC/RAILB/C/2018/103875 DD 7-8-2019


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