The Central Information Commission (CIC) has issued notices to the Chief Public Information Officer of Military Engineer Services, based in Ahmednagar, and the First Appellate Authority of the RTI Cell, in Pune, to provide reasons for denying information sought by RTI activist Shaikh Shafi Ahmed.
The activist had sought service details of his late cousin, Shaikh Anwar Ibrahim, who was working as a “mazdoor” at the Garrison Engineering Office in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra.
The CIC, which originally fixed the date of hearing on November 27 and postponed it to December 3, has now rescheduled it on December 18. The hearing would be held at the August Kranti Bhawan, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi.
Mr. Ahmed filed the application seeking Anwar’s service details and the nature of work to the Garrison Engineer in Maharashtra on January 16. In his application, Mr. Ahmed sought Anwar’s service record book, salary acquaintance roll, length of service and other details. The Garrison Engineer, in his reply, said most of the details could not be provided due to administrative reasons. Also, he said such information could not be revealed to a third party. Mr. Ahmed filed a first appeal before the Chief Engineer of the headquarters in Pune, questioning the denial of information.
The appellate authority, in its reply dated March 17, said the information sought by the RTI activist was personal information of a third person and rejected the appeal. Mr. Ahmed, in his appeal before the CIC, stated that Anwar, who died on April 14, 2012, was appointed mazdoor, but the nature of his work was that of a mechanic, and the officers denied him promotion.
Mr. Ahmed contended that his application seeking service details of an employee could not be treated as third party information as particulars of any employee in government service was a public document.