“Appellant seeks SEBI Grade A marks before the process of final selection.”: SEBI, Part 2.

Cont.: It was noted that the respondent had categorically stated that the requested information would be displayed on the SEBI website after completion of the process of final selection. It is understood that the recruitment process was not over and pre-mature disclosure might have hindered the ongoing process. In this context, the Hon’ble CIC, in the matter of Shri U.R.M. Raju Vs. Visakhapatnam Port Trust (judgement dated March 09, 2009 in CIC/AT/A/2008/01463), observed: “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. For example, a petitioner may, citing precedent, demand information regarding various aspects of a recruitment process undertaken by the Public Service Commissions and, such other recruitment bodies, even before such a process is completed and thereby throw the entire process into disarray. No public interest shall be served by such disclosures. On the contrary, such premature disclosures shall have a deleterious impact on public interest and will serve no public purpose.

In view of the said observation, no deficiency was found in the response by Appellate Authority, Mr Anand Baiwar.

Notwithstanding the above, it is understood that the information sought by the appellant with respect to marks obtained by candidates in Phase II examination and Interview for recruitment of officers in Grade A, is now available on the SEBI website at https://www.sebi.gov.in/sebiweb/result2021.html

In view of the above-made observations, the Appeal was accordingly dismissed since the appellate authority found that there was no need to interfere with the decision of the respondent. The Appeal is accordingly disposed of.

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