Ex-IAF officer, now whistleblower, bombards CIC with over 3,500 RTI petitions

The Commission wants the Chief Information Commissioner to device a mechanism to handle applications appearing to be 'vexatious' even as it highlighted that RTI Act has not defined the term.

Published: November 22, 2015 1:32 pm

A former Indian Air Force officer, who claims to be a whistleblower in the force, has literally carpet bombed the Central Information Commission with over 3,500 RTI petitions and counting.

As a result of this, the Commission had to group his pleas under various common points before giving a verdict on each issue even as it underlined that there was a need to consider the feasibility of having some legal filter based on objective criteria to sift those applications that may appear to be needlessly repetitive.

The Commission also said that this order be placed before the Chief Information Commissioner to device a mechanism to handle applications appearing to be ‘vexatious’ even as it highlighted that RTI Act has not defined the term.

To handle this load of applications from a single person, the Commission had to devote one person in the registry for only opening the envelops of appeals from Sanjeev Sharma, the ex-IAF officer who himself claims to have filed over 6,000 RTI applications with the IAF, CIC sources said.

“The appellant is a retired officer of the Indian Air Force… On July 15, 2015 when the hearing commenced, the number of appeals filed by the appellant as registered with the registry of this Commission, was 3,588,” Chief Information Commissioner Vijai Sharma noted.

He noted that the appellant indicated during the hearings that he was still filing RTI applications and will continue to file them.

“The appellant was steadfast in underlining that much wrong has been done to him by the respondents and they should pay attention and do justice to him,” Sharma noted.

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    Anonymous
    Nov 22, 2015 at 12:11 pm
    These fools have succeded in their agenda great
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      Praveen Sakhuja
      Nov 23, 2015 at 1:23 pm
      WHO will decide the status of application whether it is 'vexatious' or not? CIC has already given free hand to Public Authorities to deny the information declaring vindictive atude of the applicants and applications being filed to settle personal vendetta. I had been forced to file more than 50 appeals in CIC. Complaints filed are being returned for want of Index/Self attestation of papers and others many. All applications filed are related to Financial and Administrative scams, which will expose illegal purchases and expenditures, illegal appointments and many more. This confirms that CIC in order to bring down the pending numbers has adopted easy way to achieve it. Now onward Public Authorities will declare applications as 'vexatious' and applicant will have to run from pillar to post to get the information, that too he/she may not get even after exercise of 12 months. Every Commissioner occupying the seat tries to get appreciation from their AAKKA who get the them the post. WAIT and watch death of Act as predicted three years past.
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      1. Raviforjustice Raviforjustice
        Nov 23, 2015 at 7:35 am
        Please read the following blogs: and and yes, there is one for prosecuting the CIC, Vijay Sharma, at under the le: PROSECUTE VIJAY SHARMA, CHIEF INFORMATION COMMISSIONER FOR TREASON
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        1. Raviforjustice Raviforjustice
          Nov 23, 2015 at 7:38 am
          The blog for prosecuting Vijay Sharma is at ravifojusticedotblogspotdotin and was posted on 18 aug 2015. The others are at slidesharedotnet/raviforjustice
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          1. Prakash Prakash
            Nov 23, 2015 at 3:36 am
            Whistle blower Act is helping to every Whistle blower?
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