The Central Information Commission (CIC) has cautioned people seeking information under the RTI Act against the use of objectionable and indecent language in their information applications.
“The Commission takes grave objection to this (use of objectionable language) and would like to send a message to all the appellants not to cross the borders of decency and propriety in use of language in their appeals,” said Information Commissioner O P Kejariwal in a recent order.
The CIC which was hearing to a RTI appeal, filed by Laxmi Shanker Awasthi against Northern Railways, expressed its anguish over use of indecent words in his application placed before the CIC.
Awasthi, who drafted his application in Hindi, had used offensive words to cast severe blame upon the concerned departments and had further charged them of being untruthful in their actions.“...The appellant has held that all the concerned departments are guilty of falsehood and lying. He has actually used the word ‘jhooti´ report,” said the Commission.
Earlier, Awasthi filed his RTI application with NR’s Public Informtion officer (PIO) seeking information relating to his appointment on compassionate grounds after the death of his wife, an ex-railway employee.
The matter which was taken up by a Special Court, established to look into such cases, had rejected his application following which a verbal intimation was also provided to Awasthi.
The Commission which disposed off Awasthi’s appeal expressed its displeasure over his usage of words while terming all the concerned reports as false and fabricated.