AN APPLICANT seeking information from the High Court under the Right To Information Act (RTIA) would have to pay Rs 500 as against the fee of Rs 10 prescribed by the Central and State Government in this connection.
What is more, the notification containing the rules laid down by the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, states that every application shall be made for one particular item of information only. If any additional fee representing the cost of providing information will be required, the Central Public Information Officer will send an intimation to the applicant regarding the details of the additional fees.
This fee would then have to be deposited within 30 days by an applicant.
“If the application is permitted, the applicant shall be entitled to the information only after he makes payment in cash at the rate of Rs 15 per page of information to be supplied to him,” states the notification issued by principal secretary Ram Hari Vijai Tripathi.
Other departments charge Rs 2 per photocopy of the information being sought by an applicant.
The information requested for shall be so sufficiently specified in the application as to lead to its identification without any difficulty, ambiguity or doubt, provided the information requested is not exempted from disclosure under Section 8 of the Act, reads the notification.
Reacting to the notification chief information commissioner in the state Justice (retired) MA Khan said that the fee prescribed by the High Court was too high.
“The purpose for prescribing Rs 10 fee under the RTI was to ensure that the information could be availed by even the poorest of poor,” he said adding that he would talk to the Chief Justice on the issue.