New Delhi: "Postpone my case as I observe
`Maun Vrat` (vow of silence) on Monday" -- this was the plea
of an RTI applicant to the Central Information Commission
seeking adjournment of hearing that was rejected by the
The case relates to an RTI application filed by LD
Chopra who sought several details from Delhi Government`s
power department about the North Delhi Power Limited (NDPL).
The department claimed that all the information
available on its records has been provided but whether NDPL
comes under the ambit of the transparency law is yet to be
decided by the Delhi High Court and hence information about it
could not be disclosed.
The argument was contested by Chopra in his plea
before the Central Information Commission.
Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi gave January
17 as the date of hearing but Chopra claimed that he observes
`Maun Vrat` on Monday and cannot present his case before the
panel. Hence, the hearing should be adjourned.
"The appellant has sent a letter requesting that the
hearing should be adjourned since the appellant follows `Maun
Vrat` on Monday. The Commission cannot adjourn the matter.
Any representative of the appellant could have appeared in the
hearing," Gandhi said while rejecting the plea.