Mr. M C Singla vs Punjab National Bank on 28 April, 2010

Central Information Commission
Mr. M C Singla vs Punjab National Bank on 28 April, 2010
                           Central Information Commission
                 File No.CIC/SM/A/2009/000827 dated 27­08­2008
                Right to Information Act­2005­Under Section  (19)

                                                                       Dated: 28 April 2010

Name of the Appellant                    :    Shri M C Singla
                                              Ex. Chief Manager,
                                              Punjab National Bank,
                                              H.No. 5138/2, M H C Manimajra,
                                              Chandigarh - 160 101.

Name of the Public Authority             :    CPIO, Punjab National Bank,
                                              Circle Office, 4th Floor,
                                              Rajendra Bhawan, Rajendra Place,
                                              New Delhi.

        The Appellant was present in person.

        On behalf of the Respondent, Shri N.K. Adlakha, Chief Manager was 



2. In this case, the Appellant had, in his application dated 27 August 2008, 

requested   the   CPIO   for   a   number   of   information   regarding   the   rules   and 

regulations  governing  pension  and   provident  fund   in   the   Bank.  In   his   reply 

dated 29 September 2008, the CPIO provided him with the desired information. 

Not satisfied with the reply of the CPIO, the Appellant preferred an appeal on 

25 October 2008 which the Appellate Authority disposed of in his order dated 

22 November 2008. In his order, the Appellate Authority directed the CPIO to 

clarify   the   issue   regarding   the   ‘legal   position’   as   desired   by   the   Appellant. 

Following this, the CPIO explained the position in his communication dated 24 

December   2008.   Alleging   that   the   information   provided   does   not   meet   his 

requirement, the Appellant has preferred a second appeal before the CIC.

3. Both   the   parties   were   present   during   the   hearing   and   made   their 

submissions. The Appellant submitted that the legal position based on which 

the   said   circular   had   been   amended   should   be   provided   to   him.   The 

Respondent, on the other hand, submitted that there was no such legal opinion 

or   position   which   had   been   obtained   for   amending   the   circular.   In   the 

circumstances, we direct the CPIO to inform the Appellant within 10 working 

days   from   the   receipt   of   this   order   in   a   sworn   affidavit   that   no   legal 

position/opinion/advice had been obtained before amending the said circular.

4. The appeal is, thus, disposed off.

5. Copies of this order be given free of cost to the parties.

(Satyananda Mishra)
Information Commissioner

Authenticated true copy.  Additional copies of orders shall be supplied against 
application and payment of the charges prescribed under the Act to the CPIO of this 

(Vijay Bhalla)
Assistant Registrar


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