Whether queries are amenable under RTI Law?

June 08, 2022
  • Section 2(f) of the Act defines the “information” which can be subject of RTI Act 2013. It reads as under;
  • Information means any information held by a public body and includes any memo, book, design, map, contract, representation, pamphlet, brochure, order, notification, plans, letter, report, accounts statement, project proposal, photograph, audio, video, drawing, film, any instrument prepared through electronic process, machine-readable documents and any other documentary material regardless of its physical form or characteristics.
  • A plain reading of the above definition reveals that only such information which is physically held by a public body in any documentary form or otherwise is covered under the law. It means that only tangible information is liable to be disclosed whereas queries eliciting opinions, subjective analysis, surmises & conjunctions are outside the domain of RTI law.
  • Under RTI law a citizen may ask for some specific and tangible information rather than questioning the action of public authorities or queries which involves “why”, “what”, “when” and “whether”.