1. RTI P.I.O., is empowered to obtain information from non-public authorities (eg. pvt. insurance companies, automobile dealers, insurance agents & brokers etc...), "I F" the activities of the non-public authority is regulated or funded by statutory bodies.
2. HOWEVER, RTI Info obtained from non-public authorities by RTI P.I.O. is termed as "unauthenticated" and won't be admissible under the Evidence Act, in litigation matters.
3. RTI P.I.O. cannot be held responsible (under RTI Act) for info procured from private parties, if the info turns out to be false or misleading or etc...
4. Further, the RTI P.I.O. has jurisdiction to refuse to obtain info from private parties (non-public authorities), if the P.I.O. opnions that info "does not warrant greater public interest".
5. In the matter instant, the Automobile dealer, can be made to part with info, thru the Sales Tax office, Regional Transport office, their registered association offices, excise dept, service tax dept, profession tax, civic S&E depts., octroi dept, police dept., and others, if the RTI application is drafted properly and shows justification that required info is in the larger interest of the public.
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