Premature Disclosure of information of Recruitment process might have a deleterious impact on public interest: SEBI.

Premature- disclosure of information regarding a recruitment process can hinder the ongoing process and will serve no public purpose. The Appellate Authority under the RTI (Right to Information) Act of the Securities and Exchange Board of India comprising Mr. Anand Baiwar, who adjudicated in the matter of Abhinav Piyush Vs. CPIO, SEBI, Mumbai. (Appeal No. 4356 of 2021), dealt with an issue where the appellant had filed an appeal on the ground of dissatisfaction with the reply provided by the respondent, on the appellants query.

In the present case, the appellant had filed an application through RTI MIS Portal, under RTI Act, 2005. To that the respondent replied and against such response, the appellant filed an appeal. the query of the appellant was regarding the marks scored by the appellant in the mains exams of SEBI Grade A recruitment mains level exam held on 28th February 2021 as well as the cut off of roll no. 1261011810. To this, the response of the respondent was that the marks of Phase II would be displayed on the SEBI website after the completion of the final selection of candidates and regarding the cutoff, the respondent informed the appellant that such may be disclosed after the process of the final selection of candidates is completed, upon receipt of specific requests under RTI.

It was observed by the Hon’ble CIC in the matter of Shri U.R.M. Raju Vs. Visakhapatnam Port Trust that – “If information regarding current recruitment processes is authorized to be disclosed even before such a process is completed, it is possible that it would pave the way for wholly absurd claims for disclosures.” Also, it was further held that there was no need for interference in this matter because the query that the appellant had regarding marks, was uploaded on the SEBI website. Thereby the appeal was dismissed.

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