The Central Information Commission has imposed the maximum fine of Rs 25,000 on a Delhi High Court official for failure to respond to an RTI application forwarded to him by the Supreme Court of India.
In his order,Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah directed the registrar of the Delhi High Court to recover the amount from Joint Registrar (Establishment) P S Chaggar,either directly or through deductions from his salary from April onwards.
It appears he has no submission justifying the failure to respond to the application transferred to him by the central public information officer (CPIO),Supreme Court of India. He has therefore rendered himself liable for the full penalty, Habibullah said while imposing the maximum penalty under the RTI Act.
The order came after Chaggar failed to respond to an RTI application filed by one Vijay Pal Singh. Singh had sought information from the Supreme Court regarding a case filed by the MCD against him.
The apex court forwarded the application to the MCD and the Delhi High Court,as it was not the custodian of the required information.
While the CPIO of the MCD provided the information,which was unsatisfactory according to Singh,the High Court representative did not even appear during the final hearing of the case at the CIC.
Habibullah said Singh is free to move an appeal against the response given by the MCD and a second appeal before the CIC if he remains dissatisfied.