Wife had information regarding the current monthly salary of her husband along with his present designation, etc. CPIO denied disclosure of information u/s 8(1) (e) and (j) of the RTI Act, 2005 on the ground that the third party had objected for the disclosure of the information.
CIC directed disclosure of the information sought by relying upon the Division Bench decision of the High Court of M.P. in the matter of Smt. Sunita Jain vs. Pawan Kumar Jain and others W.A. No. 168/2015 and Smt. Sunita Jain vs. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited and others W.A. No. 170/2015 dated 15.05.2018 where the applicants had sought the salary details of their husbands from the employer and the High Court had held as under:
“While dealing with the Section 8(1)(j) of the Act, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the appellant and the respondent No.1 are husband and wife and as a wife she is entitled to know what remuneration the respondent No.1 is getting. Present case is distinguishable from the case of Girish Ramchandra Deshpande (supra) and therefore the law laid down by their Lordships in the case of Girish Ramchandra Deshpande (supra) are not applicable in the present case. In view of the foregoing discussion, we allow the appeal and set aside the order passed by the Writ Court in W.P. No.341/2008. Similarly, the W.A. No.170/2015 is also allowed and the impugned order passed in W.P. No.1647/2008 is set aside.”
Ms. Dola Mukherjee vs. CPIO Manager (CRM), LIC of India
No. CIC/LICOI/A/2018/150381-BJ DD 12-3-2020