Sunday, April 25, 2010

Identity or address proof not necessary for giving info under RTI

Staff unaware of HC's order on giving info under RTI

A Subramani, TNN, Apr 1, 2010, 04.06 am IST

CHENNAI: Though the Madras high court has more than once ruled that an applicant under the Right To Information (RTI) Act cannot be denied information for want of identity or address proof, the court's own officials do not seem to be aware of the judicial order.

Though the HC's designated public information officer had received more than 100 applications under the RTI Act till February-end, information was denied to over 75% of applicants on the ground that they did not appear before the official and hence their identification could not be ascertained.

The court also follows a procedure, which is unknown under the provisions of the RTI Act, whenever it receives an application. For instance, when one M Krishna Parayanar sent in an application, the court on February 26 wrote to him saying he should meet the deputy registrar concerned for verification of residential address and signature.


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