CIC slaps a fine of Rs 45,000 on IOA for delay in RTI reply

New Delhi: The Central Information
Commission on Thursday slapped a fine of Rs 45,000 on the Indian
Olympics Association in two cases for delay in furnishing
replies to queries related to Commonwealth Games.

The queries pertained to expenses incurred on the
domestic and foreign travels of Chairman of the Commonwealth
Games Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi among other things.

Information Commissioner M L Sharma found a delay of
100 days in furnishing replies to an RTI application dated
July 12, 2010 as a fit case for imposing maximum penalty of Rs
25,000 under the transparency law.

In his RTI application, activist S C Agrawal sought to
know the budget details of the Indian Olympic Association for
past five years and the role of the sports body in the
Commonwealth Games held in October here, apart from Kalmadi`s
tour expenses.

In another case, Sharma imposed a penalty of Rs 20,000
on the IOA for delay of 80 days in providing reply to the

Agrawal had demanded from the IOA the copy of contract
it signed with overlays supplying firms among other details.