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PERSONAL INFORMATION OF OFFICER CANNOT BE ASKED - JUSTICE K. BHAKTAVATSALA

H.E. Rajashekarappa Vs. State Public Information Officer and Ors. ILR 2008 Kar 3646 Honourable Judges: K. Bhakthavatsala, J. Date of Judgement: 01/07/2008, Writ Petition No. 10663 of 2006, The object of the Act is to provide right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of public authorities, in order to promote transparency and accountability in the working of every public authority. In view of the above provisions excerpted, it cannot be said that Section 2(f) of the Act encompasses the personal information of the officials of the public authority. The intention of the legislation is to provide right to information to a citizen pertaining to public affairs of the public authority. Therefore, the respondent No. 3 had no right under the Act to seek personal information of the petitioner. The respondent No. 2/appellant authority has erred in directing the petitioner to furnish the information as sought for by the respondent No. 3. As the respondent's application is vexatious and it is an attempt made to settle scores with the petitioner, it is a fit case to impose heavy costs in favour of the petitioner and against the respondent No. 3.

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