P&H HC lays down guidelines for order authored by RTI Authorities

The Punjab & Haryana High Court (P&H HC), in a writ petition against the order of Second Appellate Authority under the Right to Information Act, 2005 (RTI Act), criticised the Second Appellate Authorities for passing cryptic and non-speaking orders. In view thereof, the P&H HC drafted the following parameters to be included in Authorities’ order : 1) Points on which the information is sought; 2) Point-wise reply w.r.t. the information sought; 3) Categorical findings in relation to information supplied or not & if supplied, the date on which it has been supplied; 4) In case the information sought is not to be supplied owing to any bar contained in RTI Act then, after recording its stand and after considering the submissions made by both the parties with respect to the said point/issue, return a finding with respect to the said issue/point; 5) Any other observation which the authority deems fit.