Punjab panel bars retired teacher for seeking info under RTI to harass another teacher
Punjab chief information commissioner SS Channy found that the appellant knew that principal Manjit Kaur was a cancer patient and with a sole purpose to harass her, he had been using the RTI to submit umpteen applications to the school principal herself or through the offices of district education officers Ropar.punjab Updated: Jul 28, 2017 19:10 IST
The State Information Commission (SIC) has barred a retired teacher — Jaspreet Singh of Mohalla Shekha in Ropar City — from seeking information from the education department under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, saying that he intended to use the information to harass his former school principal.
In response to Jaspreet’s plea before the SIC claiming that he was being denied information, Punjab chief information commissioner SS Channy said, “The appellant has worked as a Punjabi lecturer in Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Ropar, under Manjit Kaur, the principal. The information he is seeking reflect that he holds a personal grudge against her.”
Channy found that the appellant knew that principal Manjit Kaur was a cancer patient and with a sole purpose to harass her, he had been using the RTI to submit umpteen applications to the principal herself or through the offices of district education officers Ropar.
It was also found that the information he sought was mostly vague, relating to the Principal or her school like copies of time-tables of the school, copies of time-tables of teachers, copies of attendance registers, copies of letters issued by the government, copies of results, amount of medical reimbursement claimed by him, copies of pro forma filled in by him, while applying for medical leave.
According to Channy, the appellant was a cantankerous and a continuous trouble maker for the public authority and the commission.