Mention the name of the CPIO in every reply
Details of criminal case registered against officers by CBI was denied u/s 24. The CIC took grave exception to the attempt of the representative of the CPIO to misrepresent facts during hearing to merely stand by the denial of information. The CPIO was warned to ensure that each RTI Application is assessed carefully for the applicability of Section 24 of RTI Act and to steer clear from using cyclostyled replies for all cases alike in future. The CIC observed that “it is unnerving to note that the CPIO does not mention his/her name in the replies provided under RTI Act which further reflects on the prima-facie evasive and callous approach of the CPIO in owning up to his/her acts of omission and commission”.
The reply to every RTI application should bear the name of the CPIO and each application should dealt with individually. A common cyclostyled reply for all cases should could land up the CPIO in trouble.
Dr. Anuradha Verma (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an expert on RTI matters and has co-authored the books RIGHT TO INFORMATION - LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO’s guide to RTI. Her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of