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Documents submitted by the appellant

The appellant sought a certified copy of all documents submitted by him at the time of his appointment in the Hindi Teaching Scheme (HTS), Chennai Office. The CIC held that the appellant is not entitled to the information as a matter of right under the RTI Act and the information sought cannot be provided to him.


In the case of High Court, Madras v. CIC, WP No. 26781/2013, the Madras High Court held that the copies of complaints and appeals submitted by an appellant are not the information available within the knowledge of the public authority. Admittedly, they are the documents of the appellant and therefore, if the appellant does not have copies of the same, he has to blame himself and he cannot seek those details as a matter of right. Further, those documents cannot be brought under the definition "information" as defined under Section 2(f) of the RTI Act.

Citation: K N Rajasekar v. CPIO, Department of Official Language in Second Appeal No. CIC/DPOOL/A/2018/114542 dated 28.08.2019

Dr. Anuradha Verma (dranuradhaverma@yahoo.co.in) is an expert on RTI matters and has co-authored the books RIGHT TO INFORMATION - LAW AND PRACTICE and PIO’s guide to RTI. Her other articles can be read at the website of RTI Foundation of India at the link: http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/

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