Kindly refer to RTI reply furnished by AAI (CPIO/Ms. Nivedita Dubey) vide letter No.DC-60012 (11)/53/2021-HR/298 dated 03.08.2021 (reference GT9IAKG2).
The CPIO has denied to provide information citing that the same is sought in the form of query/question and does not qualify for information under Section 2 (f) of the RTI Act, 2005 and hence cannot be provided.
As per Section 2 (f) of the RTI Act, 2005, “information” means any material in any form, including records, documents, memos, e‑mails, opinions, advices, press releases, circulars, orders, logbooks, contracts, reports, papers, samples, models, data material held in any electronic form and information relating to any private body which can be accessed by a public authority under any other law for the time being in force.
It may be seen that there is no mention under Section 2 (f) or the RTI Act, 2005 that information sought in the form of query/question cannot be provided.
Kindly provide the following information in this regard:
1. Copy of instructions/orders (in material form) which state that information sought in the form of query/question cannot be provided and on the basis of which information is denied.
2. Copies of all relevant file notings & correspondence pertaining to above RTI reply.