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Ankit Saha (CEO)     23 November 2012


Under RTI, can I get response from an IO on the status of criminal investigation, answers for questions like whether a particular evidence has been used or not:; a particular witness has been examined or not etc?


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You can get every information if it doesn't fall within these exception-


8. Exemption from disclosure of information. —

(1) Notwithstanding anything contained in this Act, there shall be no obligation to give any citizen,—


(a) information, disclosure of which would prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the State, relation with foreign State or lead to incitement of an offence;

(b) information which has been expressly forbidden to be published by any court of law or tribunal or the disclosure of which may constitute contempt of court;

(c) information, the disclosure of which would cause a breach of privilege of Parliament or the State Legislature;

(d) information including commercial confidence, trade secrets or intellectual property, the disclosure of which would harm the competitive position of a third party, unless the competent authority is satisfied that larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information;

(e) information available to a person in his fiduciary relationship, unless the competent authority is satisfied that the larger public interest warrants the disclosure of such information;

(f) information received in confidence from foreign Government;

(g) information, the disclosure of which would endanger the life or physical safety of any person or identify the source of information or assistance given in confidence for law enforcement or security purposes;

(h) information which would impede the process of investigation or apprehension or prosecution of offenders;

(i) cabinet papers including records of deliberations of the Council of Ministers, Secretaries and other officers: Provided that the decisions of Council of Ministers, the reasons thereof, and the material on the basis of which the decisions were taken shall be made public after the decision has been taken, and the matter is complete, or over: Provided figther that those matters which come under the exemptions specified in this section shall not be disclosed;

(j) information which relates to personal information the disclosure of which has no relationship to any public activity or interest, or which would cause unwarranted invasion of the privacy of the individual unless the Central Public Information Officer or the State Public Information Officer or the appellate authority, as the case may be, is satisfied that the larger public interest justifies the disclosure of such information: Provided that the information which cannot be denied to the Parliament or a State Legislature shall not be denied to any person.

(2) Notwithstanding anything in the Official Secrets Act, 1923 (19 of 1923) nor any of the exemptions permissible in accordance with sub-section (1), a public authority may allow access to information, if public interest in disclosure outweighs the harm to the protected interests.

(3) Subject to the provisions of clauses (a), (c) and (i) of sub-section (1), any information relating to any occurrence, event or matter which has taken place, occurred or happened twenty years before the date on which any request is made under section 6 shall be provided to any person making a request under that section: Provided that where any question arises as to the date from which the said period of twenty years has to be computed, the decision of the Central Government shall be final, subject to the usual appeals provided for in this Act.


Here, IO may deny the information citing the reason the information cannot be given under subclause(h) of clause (1) of section(8).

rahul (director)     23 November 2012

dont worry.. you ask 100 quesion in your rti application with Rs 10/-

let the IO reply or evade to reply.. there are other remedy too for rti applicant. dont worry.. the IO will worry

rahul (director)     23 November 2012

you sent the rti application at DCP office.. not IO...

..... DCP will forward the IO concern to reply it..

then IO will reply  to dcp and then DCP under his sign. reply you that IO is replied this,, enclosed here with...................... 


Mr. Rahul, please do not instigate the querist to abuse RTI act.

ajay (ne)     23 November 2012

if applicant for the central govermant ... maximum 500 words so no chance for 100 query (information ).

if for maharastra gov there is 150 words only 


please take care state or centeral rules for RTI Act 2005

surjit singh (Assistant)     24 November 2012

Mr Ankit  the police is not bound to disclose the detail of the investigation, you will get to know when the charge sheet or the final report is filed in the court.

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