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No.CIC/SS/C/2012/900411 Dated: 25.07.2012
Complainant : Mr. M.M. Sundram Respondent : Ministry of Corporate Affairs Regional Director Office,
The Commission has received a complaint dated 21.4.2012 from Mr. M.M. Sundram against Regional Director Office, Chennai, Ministry of Corporate Affairs for deemed refusal to his RTI request dated 28.2.2012.
2. In order to avoid multiple proceedings under sections 18 and 19 of the RTI Act, viz., complaints and appeals, this case is remitted to CPIO, Regional Director Office, Chennai, Ministry of Corporate Affairs (along with copy of appeal and RTI-request), with the following directions:
(i) In case no reply has been given by CPIO to the Complainant to his RTI-request dated 28.2.2012, CPIO should furnish a reply to the Complainant within two weeks of receipt of this order.
(ii) In case CPIO has already given a reply to the Complainant in the matter, he should furnish a copy of his reply to the Complainant within one week of receipt of this order.
(iii) CPIO should invariably indicate to the Complainant the name and address of the 1st Appellate Authority, before whom the Complainant can file first-appeal, if any.
3. In case the Complainant is not satisfied with the reply received from CPIO, he, under section 19(1) of the RTI Act, may within the time prescribed, file his first-appeal before the Appellate Authority (AA). Case No. CIC/SS/C/2012/900411
4. On receipt of the first appeal from the petitioner as per the above directions, AA should dispose of the appeal within the period stipulated in the RTI Act.
5. In case the Complainant is not satisfied with the decision of First Appellate Authority, he is at liberty to file a second appeal afresh before the Commission, under section 19(3), along with appeal u/s 18, if any.
The complaint is disposed of with above directions.
Authenticated true copy:
1. Mr. M.M. Sundram,
115 VH Road,
2. The C.P.I.O.,
Regional Director Office,
Ministry of Corporate Affairs,
Block No.6, 'B' Wing, 2nd Floor.
Chennai - 600034.