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Information sought through RTI doesn't effect Right to Privacy: MADRAS HC

8th September 2020

Information sought through RTI doesn't effect Right to Privacy: MADRAS HC

A writ petition was filed by the Tamil Nadu public service commission which sought to quash an order that was passed by Tamil Nadu information commission directing to reply the RTI query. Information sought under the RTI are:-
a. Total number of vacancies called for the year 2006, 2007, and 2008;
b. Number of seats allocated to the backward community out of total number of vacancies for the year 2006, 2007 and 2008;
c. Number of seats allocated to the most backward community out of the total number of vacancies for the year 2006, 2007 and 2008;
d. Out of seats allocated to the backward community, the list of selected candidates from sub-castes of Muthuraja and Muthriyar;
e. Out of seats allocated to the most backward community ,the list of selected candidates from sub-castes Ambalakarar;
f. Out of seats allocated to the most backward community, the list of selected candidates from Vanniya Kula shatriar sub-castes (vanniyar, Vanniya gounder, Kandar, padayachi palli and Agni kular shathriar).
To this the commission answered the High Court, saying that the details sought from d to f are not contented as it would amount to invasion of privacy and communal discomfort and strife.
The judge Justice S. Vaidyanathan, rejected this contend that, ' Public Information Officers who mechanically reject the RTI application should be shown the doors as they are unfit to hold the said post'. The court noted that even the office of Chief Justice will come under the purview of Right to Information (RTI).




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