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S.No. CIC CASE DATE OF JUDGMENT JUDGMENT
16 CIC/VS/A/2015/003304/SD
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31 Jul, 2017 Md Matior Rahman Vs. CPIO, HQ 21 Mtn Div, PIN – 908421 C/O 56 APO

The Appellant sought various information through 27 points regarding the management, functioning, curriculum, teaching, non-teaching staff etc of Red Horns Pubic School.

CPIO is directed to provide information which is available with him/her or which he/she can access from management of the School as per the queries of the RTI Application subject to the exemptions of Section 8 of the RTI Act. CPIO shall particularly invoke Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act for denying personal details of third parties like academic qualifications, permanent address etc. sought vide query no. 7 and 15 of the RTI Application. Since as per above observations, RTI queries are largely unspecific, CPIO is not obligated to provide clarifications or opinions or such information which is not available in material form. In such cases, CPIO shall state categorically that information cannot be provided.
17 CIC/DDATY/A/2017/108688
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31 Jul, 2017 Shri Rajinder Kumar Mahajan Vs. PIO, DDA

Vide RTI application dated 22.03.2016 addressed to CPIO, Dy. Director (CS), the appellant sought information regarding complaint filed by the Member of NPSC Coop Group Housing Society Ltd. Dwarka with Chief Engineer, DDA, Dwarka for taking action against the Management Committee/Society for carrying out repair and rehabilitation of society building structure.

The Commission held that the issue involved requires due attention of the civic authorities as it is a complaint regarding act of endangering the security and safety of the residents of the society in question. The respondent public authority shall take appropriate steps to conduct inspection of the site and furnish an action taken report clearly bringing out the extent of damage of building under reference. Needful be done within 5 weeks of receipt of this order.
18 CIC/AB/A/2016/000890-AB
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25 Jul, 2017 Rekha Rani Vs CPIO, North Central Railway, DRM’s Office

The appellant sought information on 3 points, relating to her husband’s salary and allowances, name of the wife noted in the PF account of the husband and in the railway Pass and her entitlement for maintenance from the husband’s salary. The CPIO did not provide reply to the applicant.

CIC upheld the decision of CPIO under section 8 (1)(j).
19 CIC/RK/C/2016/000011
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20 Jul, 2017 Shri Blair Rodrigues Vs. CPIO, Goa Shipyard Limited, Vasco-De-Gama, Goa-403802.

The complainant filed an application under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) before the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), Goa Shipyard Limited, Goa seeking information on six points including, inter-alia, (i) copies of various Parliamentary questions received from 01.01.2014 to 31.12.2014 and (ii) copies of replies furnished to these Parliamentary questions.

The Commission, after hearing the submissions of both the parties and perusing the records, observed that information sought has been incorrectly denied by invoking exemptions under Sections 8(1)(c), 8(1)(i) and 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, which are not applicable to the facts of the present case since the information sought in point nos. (a) and (b) of the RTI application, pertains to Parliamentary questions and their replies, and this cannot be said to be exempted under the RTI Act as once the questions are laid on the table of the Parliament, the same can be published and therefore, are available in public domain. The Commission with regard to point nos. (c) to (f) of the RTI application observes that information pertaining to grievance redressal, number of grievances received and copy of the promotion letter issued does not relate to personal information of a third party. Hence, the same has been incorrectly denied under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act.
20 CIC/YA/C/2016/900088
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20 Jul, 2017 Shri Arani Guha Vs. CPIO, Geological Survey of India, Western Region, 15-16, Institutional Area, Jaipur, Rajasthan

The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act) before the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO), Geological Survey of India (GSI), seeking certified copies of the Annual Performance Appraisal Reports (APARs) of all the Group-A officials of the GSI, Western Region from 01.04.2014 till 31.03.2015.

The Commission, after hearing the submissions of the respondent and perusing the records, notes that the information sought by the appellant relates to the furnishing of certified copies of the Annual Performance Appraisal Reports (APARs) of all the Group- A officials of the GSI, Western Region, Jaipur. Pertinently, in the matter of Girish Ramchandra Deshpande v. Central Information Commissioner and others [(2013) 1 SCC 212]. In view of it the Commission observes that the information sought by the appellant pertaining to the APARS of Group- A officials of GSI, Western Region, Jaipur, relates to the personal information of a third party, the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, and would cause an unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individuals concerned. Hence, its disclosure is exempted under Section 8 (1) (j).
21 CIC/BS/A/2016/000133
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30 Mar, 2017 Hubblal vs Central Public Information Officer Dy.GM (Admn), BSNL, RTI Cell, O/o General Manager Telephone Distt., CTO Compound, Shahzad Mandi, Agra.

The appellant filed RTI application dated 18.09.2015, seeking information on 8 points regarding leave record, disciplinary action taken for absence without notice etc. CIC held that, the leave record is not personal information.
22 CIC/BS/A/2016/900115
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30 Mar, 2017 Mr. Yugandhar Reddy Kadiveti Vs. Central Public Information Officer Asstt. GM (Admn./Mktg.) BSNL, Kadapa.

The appellant filed RTI application dated 09.03.2015 seeking information on 5 points regarding LTC availed by Sri M Eswara Reddy, DE (Rtd.) BSNL. CPIO stated that “information sought by him is related to third party information, the disclosure of which may cause unwarranted invasion of privacy of third person and it is also not associated with any public activity or interest. The same is exempted from disclosure under Section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, 2005”. CIC upheld the decision of CPIO.
23 CIC/BS/A/2016/001713 CIC/BS/A/2016/000503
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30 Mar, 2017 Shri P Raghvendra Rao Vs. Central Public Information Officer, Joint GM, BSNL, West Godavari, A.P.

The appellant filed RTI application dated 7.7.2015 seeking information regarding status of compassionate appointment in case of Shri P. Venkata Subbacharyulu (Late) Line-Man, BSNL. Sriparru. The respondent stated that vide letter dated 13.7.2015 they had denied the information to the appellant u/s 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act as the matter relates to a third party. CIC upheld the decision.
24 CIC/SA/A/2015/001712/MP
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29 Mar, 2017 Shri Dharamveer, Vs. Sikkim Manipal University

Shri Dharamveer, the appellant, sought authentic copy of BCA degree certificate in case of his wife Smt. Preeti as she had lost her original degree certificate. The Commission holds that the appellant was trying to seek personal information of a third party and the information is exempt from disclosure u/s 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act, 2005. No larger public interest is involved in the matter.
Section 8(1)(j)
25 CIC/BS/A/2016/001535
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29 Mar, 2017 Shri Naresh Pal vs Central Public Information Officer, General Manager(HR), BSNL

The appellant filed RTI application dated 19.2.2016 seeking: “1) copy of question letter issued by the DGM(vig.), O/o CGM, BSNL, Haryana Circle, Ambala regarding complaint against the work of “provision of Aluminium partition for AO(TR) & staff room at TE Building Palwal” ; 2) copy of reply submitted by Shri S.K. Batra, the then EE(Civil), Faridabad who was the Engineer-in-charge of the work against the questions issued by the /DGM(Vig) O/o CGM, BSNL, Haryana Circle, Ambala,; etc. The respondent stated that they have denied the information u/s 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act. The Commission is of the view that since the investigation has already been completed, the respondent should provide to the appellant information/ documents to the applicant.
26 CIC/BS/A/2016/000253 CIC/BS/A/2016/000254 CIC/BS/A/2016/000263 CIC/BS/A/2016/000262 CIC/BS/A/2016/000261 CIC/BS/A/2016/000260
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29 Mar, 2017 Pramod Kumar, Vaishali, Bihar Vs. Central Public Information Officer Supdt., Deptt. Of Posts

CIC observed that, the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No. 6362 of 2013 Union Public Service Commission Vs. Gourhari Kamila decision 06- 08-2013 has observed that the education and experience certificates are personal information. Hence, education qualification and name of school etc. cannot be provided to the appellant, being personal information. No larger public interest has been claimed by the appellant.
27 CIC/YA/A/2016/001354
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23 Feb, 2017 Shaikh Mohammed Khalid vs Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai

Section 8(1)(j) Personal Information. The Commission held that the suspension notice/order, Departmental Enquiry is personal information and is a matter between the employee and the employer, thus, such information cannot be disclosed unless larger public interest involved.
28 CIC/SH/A/2016/00208 CIC/SH/A/2016/00825 CIC/SH/A/2016/000826 CIC/SH/C/2016/000138
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20 Feb, 2017 Narvdeshwar Prasad Sinha vs IDBI Bank Limited, Mumbai

Section 8(1)(j) Personal Information. The Commission held that while information can be provided regarding the stations of postings of an officer and his/her tenure at each place, the information regarding the requests for transfer of officials often contains information regarding their family circumstances and illness etc., which is their personal information, exempted from disclosure u/s of the RTI Act. No ground to direct disclosure of information.
29 CIC/SH/A/2015/002235
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15 Feb, 2017 Vijay N Hiremath vs Karnataka Vikas Grameena Bank, Belgaum

Section 8(1)(j) Personal Information. The Commission held that the information cannot be regarded as the personal information of an employee of the public authority, therefore, section 8(1)(j) is not applicable in this case. Further, section 8(1)(e) of the RTI Act is also not applicable as the disclosure of the information will not result in breach of any fiduciary relationship. The attendance record of a public servant should be a matter of public record, therefore, we see no ground for denial of the information sought by the Appellant.
30 CIC/SH/A/2015/001900
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31 Jan, 2017 Jitendra Prasad Singh vs Madhya Bihar Gamin Bank, Patna

Section 8(1) (j) Personal Information. The Commission held that it see no ground to interfere with the decision of the CPIO to deny the information concerning the benefits given to the third party employee under section 8(1)(j) of the RTI Act. The Appellant has not established any larger public interest for disclosure of the information to him. His allegation regarding discrimination in the matter of penionery benefits given to different officials cannot be treated as the ground of larger public interest.
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