The Right to Information Act is giving some worrying moments to the Central Information Commission (CIC), the body entrusted with the job to ensure implementation of the law. The CIC has to deal with a legal notice, a demand for constituting sexual harassment committee and an appeal against it for denial of information. All this is based on the information obtained through RTI applications.
A former consultant with CIC, P Roychaudhari, has issued a legal notice to the commission on basis of a reply of the Railways to his RTI application, stating that he cannot represent the ministry in CIC because of objections raised by an Information Commissioner. He has sent the legal notice stating that the commission has tarnished his image by telling Railways that he cannot represent the ministry in CIC and has sought an apology.
In another case, an Indian Foreign Service official, Gloria Kumar, has asked CIC to set up a sexual harassment committee after the commission replied to her RTI application absolving an Information Commissioner of the charges of sexual harassment levelled by her.
The commission has absolved the commissioner of the charges on basis of his reply to the charge, the RTI reply submitted to Kumar said. Now, she has asked the commission to constitute a sexual harassment committee to inquire into her charges.
Earlier this week, the CIC allowed an appeal against its Principal Information Officer for denial of information. Sanjeev Kumar said the commission failed to provide him information sought regarding the its inspection of the office of Registrar Cooperative Societies, Delhi. The CIC had directed additional registrar L.C. Singhi to conduct an inspection about two years ago after the registrar cooperative societies failed to provide information sought by Kumar. However, Kumar failed to get the satisfactory reply and therefore, filed an appeal to Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah.