The Punjab Information Commission (SIC) slapped a penalty of Rs 25,000 each on four public information officers (PIOs) for delaying information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005.
An official spokesperson said on Tuesday that the penalty was imposed by the single bench of SS Channy, chief information commissioner (CIC) Punjab. The spokesperson said Rohit Sabharwal of Ludhiana had sought information from municipal corporation on December 24, 2015, under the RTI Act. The information sought was to be provided by the PIOs, Bhupinder Singh, Danesh and Ankit Midha of the municipal corporation and Navneet Khokhar a building Inspector-cum-APIO, also from the MC. Failing to get any information within 30 days as mandated under Section 7(1) of the RTI Act, 2005, the appellant had filed first appeal.