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CIC sets measures to maintain the functioning of the RTI Act-Read Order

Team SoOLEGAL 16 Aug 2017 3:51pm

CIC sets measures to maintain the functioning of the RTI Act-Read Order

Central Information Commission held the RTI application filed by Munna Ahmed seeking Dargah Khwaja Sahib Ajmer to continue giving information regarding the management, functioning and complaint system of Dargah. The Commission stated that RTI Act cannot be used to gain personal benefits. 

The appellant Munna Ahmed, editor of Alfaaz Daily, has shown many copies of his magazine wherein he wrote critically about the management of the Dargah, for the reason claimed that Dargah stopped forwarding information to him about the complaints of the employee and status report of an inquiry conducted by the Dargah. On the other hand, Dargah information officials, in defense, claimed that appellant is using RTI Act to extort advertisement for his Magazine.

Central Information Commission Prof. Madabhushi Sridhar Acharyulu, directed Dargah’s public information officer to provide information, also observed that RTI Act cannot be used to “exert influence” in order to extort advertisement. Public information officer of Dargah, argued that RTI application filed by the appellant came after Dargah ceased his interventions into the matters of Dargah.

Prof. Acharyulu observed that,

As a media person, the appellant has the Rights to criticise the functioning of the Public Authority. As a citizen, he can also file RTI application. But he has no Right to demand advertisements for his magazine building pressure of RTI application

He also mentioned that a Public Authority can also file a complaint against a journalist who misuse his Media Rights for personal gain, under the Press Council of India Act. He observed that when Ahmed disclosed that he already filed a complaint with the Press Council of India against Dargan for not giving advertisement.

The CIC’s decision set an example for those who distort rules of RTI application for their own benefit so that the reputation of the Act shall not be stained.

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