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Gujarat HC Directs State Information Commissioner of Gujarat To Take Action Against Officer Under RTI Act Who Denied Information despite orders

Lawstreet Journal 15 Sep 2020 10:36pm

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Gujarat High Court on September 10th, 2020 directed State Information Commissioner, Gujarat to a fresh start proceeding under Section 20 of the Right to Information Act, 2002 against 'the Mamlatdar Bhachau he has done breach of duty which results in deprivation of petitioner's right of Right to Information. Section 20 of the Right to Information Act, 2002 talks about the penalties. In this section where the Central Information Commissioner or State Information Commissioner at the time of deciding any complaint or appeal is of the opinion that the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Commissioner has failed to furnish the information without any specific reason under the Right to Information within the time specified for the same, such officer shall give a penalty of Rs 250 each day till the application is received or information is given, therefore the fine will not exceed the limit of Rs 25,000/-. 

Justice A .Y. Kogje has pointed out in the order that " it is a fit case where the proceedings under Section 20 of Right to Information Act, 2002 needs to be initiated in view of non-compliance of the order passed by the State Information Commissioner as well as the casual manner in which the application of the petitioner to seek the right to information under the Right to Information Act, 2002 has been dealt with." 

Under Article 226 Constitution of India, 1950 the present petition is filed which prays before the Court to order the respondent to furnish the information,… Continue Reading...


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