The Central Information Commission at once dismissed 141 applications filed by an RTI applicant against the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and called it an abuse of the RTI Act by putting up a flood of petitions containing unrelated information.
Information Commissioner Y.K. Sinha warned the applicant that the Commission had received such fruitless and fruitless petitions which would have to be dismissed without hearing because they were being repeatedly filed and there was no widespread public interest.
Applicant Dinesh had filed several applications under the Right to Information to sought information from the Lieutenant Governor’s office on other matters including properties, illegal construction, allocation of houses.
Dinesh, claiming to have no information, asked the CIC to direct the Lieutenant Governor’s office to transmit the information. Noted RTI activist Subhash Aggarwal from the LG’s office said that the replies have been given on the applications or sent to the concerned authority after informing the applicant.
Sinha said that the normal functioning of all institutions has been severely affected due to the current era of the COVID-19 epidemic and the lockdown that has been caused. For the Commission, this increases the pile of already existing cases.