The Haryana information commission has slapped a fine of Rs 15,000 on the treasury officer, Faridabad, for failing to provide complete information to an 83-year-old Faridabad-based social worker, also a recipient of Padma Shri award, for 15 months.
The case pertained to an RTI application filed by Brahm Dutt, who sought to know the methodology of the treasury office to procure and issue non-judicial stamp papers and the special adhesive stamps, besides a few other queries, on March 25, 2014. He was, however, given incomplete replies.
Hearing the case, information commissioner Hemant Atri issued a show-cause notice to treasury officer SK Bansal on May 19 last, asking him to submit his reply and be personally present during the hearing on July 1. Despite the commission's directions, Bansal, however, again failed to provide proper information and it was learnt that though some questions pertained to the revenue department, the application was never transferred to it till June 8.
Taking a serious view of the "callous attitude on the part of SPIO-cum-treasury officer, who without due application of mind replied the RTI application'', the commission imposed the penalty on Bansal for supplying incomplete information in a casual way and delaying the transfer of RTI application for 15 months.
Atri also directed the first appellant authority-cum-joint director, treasuries and accounts department, to send Bansal for training the implementation of RTI Act, 2005 at the earliest, so that no other person gets harassed in the future.