RTI applicant not entitled for copies of her own documents

CIC has held that the appellant is not entitled to seek her own documents in terms of the judgment of the Madras High Court in W.P. No. 26781 of 2013 and M.P. No. 1 of 2013 titled as The Central Information Commission v. B. Bharathi dated 17.09.2014, wherein, it is observed as follows:- “24. Insofar as query (iv) is concerned, we fail to understand as to how the second respondent is entitled to justify his claim for seeking the copies of his own complaints and appeals. It is needless to say that they are not the information available within the knowledge of the petitioner; on the other hand, admittedly, they are the documents of the second respondent himself, and therefore, if he does not have copies of the same, he has to blame himself and he cannot seek those details as a matter of right, thinking that the High Court will preserve his frivolous applications as treasures/valuable assets. Further, those documents cannot be brought under the definition “information” as defined under Section 2(f) of the RTI Act. Therefore, we reject the contention of the second respondent in this aspect.”
S.A. No. CIC/EIRSA/A/2018/122828 DD 16-3-2020
Ms. Firdous Altaf Hussain Inamdar vs CPIO, M/o. External Affairs, New Delhi.

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