THE PUBLIC INFORMATION AUTHORITIES CANNOT BE EXPECTED TO COMMUNICATE TO THE CITIZEN THE REASON WHY A CERTAIN THING WAS DONE OR NOT DONE IN THE SENSE OF A JUSTIFICATION BECAUSE THE CITIZEN MAKES A REQUISITION ABOUT INFORMATION:TELANGANA HIGH COURT
The High Court of Telangana passed a judgment on 19 January, 2023 stating that The Public Information Authorities cannot be expected to communicate to the citizen the reason why a certain thing was done or not done in the sense of a justification because the citizen makes a requisition about information. It was stated in the case of Anshu Rani vs Telangana High Court (CIC/A/2021/155258 )which was passed by the single judge bench comprising of Hon’ble Justice Shri Y. K. Sinha
FACTS OF THE CASE:
A written submission has been received from the Appellant vide letter dated 04.01.2023 reiterating the facts and submitting that she had appeared in the Civil Judge Examination held for the State of Telangana in 2020 and hence sought the aforementioned information.Hearing was scheduled through virtual means after giving prior notice to both the parties. Both parties are heard through video conference and the Appellant reiterated that she had appeared in the examination for selection of Civil Judge for the State of Telangana but was denied information even about her own marks, cut off marks of selected candidates and merit list. Respondent stated that the Appellant nowhere stated in her RTI application, First Appeal or even the Second Appeal that she was a candidate in the examination concerned. Consequently, she was assumed to be a third party and hence information was denied, at the appellate stage.
JUDGEMENT OF THE CASE
Court is hereby directed to provide a revised reply furnishing information about the marks scored by the Appellant, and the merit list of successful candidates as sought by the Appellant. This revised reply should be sent to the Appellant within four weeks of receipt of this order and a compliance report in this regard should be submitted by the Respondent before this Commission by 15.02.2023.
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JUDGEMENT REVIEWED BY ROSHNI SABU, KERALA LAW ACADEMY LAW COLLEGE.