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Saturday, 18 June 2011

Indian Olympics Association versus Veeresh Malik and others . . .


This is amongst the earliest RTI Applications I filed, and in due course, it acquired a life of its own as well as seems to have reached some status as a judgement quoted in a large number of RTI, Right to Information, CIC, Central Information Commission and Delhi High Court cases.

The main subject discussed is the meaning of the term "substantially financed" and it can be read in full over here:-

http://www.indiankanoon.org/doc/455579/

What started as a simple application asking for some innocent details on expenses in Australia and India by the Indian Olympics Association and CommonWealth Games people, Suresh Kalmadi presiding, went on to become history.

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This was the RTI Application that set it all off:-

----- Original Message -----
From: Malik RTI
Sent: Thursday, April 20, 2006 1:12 PM
Subject: Application under Right to Information Act, 2005

From: Veeresh Malik,
D-61,
Defence Colony,
New Delhi 110024
20th of April'06
To: The Central Public Information Officer,
Indian Olympics Association,
Gate No. 25
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
New Delhi - 110 003, India
subj: Application under Right to Information Act, 2005
(by eMail and by regd. post)
Sir,
Kindly provide me with the following information. 
I wish to specify that you may please not provide to me that information (or particular portion thereof) which would impede the prosecution of offenders under any law of India, and also any personal information which is unconnected with any public activity/interest or which invades the privacy of any person. THIS INFORMATION IS SOUGHT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR.
a) Full partculars of APIO, CPIO and Appellate Authorities at Indian Olympics Association, as per the requirements of the Right to Information Act, 2005, as on date.
b) Full particulars and status of the latest audited accounts for Indian Olympics Association, for the fiscal years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006.
c) Full particulars of expenses incurred by Indian Olympics Association in connection with visits by any persons to Melbourne or any other destination in connection with Commonwealth Games, for the period from 1st January'06 through 15April'06.
Thanking you,
Yours sincerely,
Veeresh Malik
Note 1:-Application fee of Rs. 10/- in cash shall be submitted within 30 days as per procedure laid down by DoP&T at any one of the nominated APIOs located at the specified 604 Post Offices in India, and a copy of this application along with receipt shall be sent to you co-terminus. Interim, you are requested to commence processing this RTI Application as per the RTI Act-2005 with effect from date of submission of this electronic copy, also as per the RTI Act-2005.

Note 2:- The public authority, Indian Olympics Association, has not yet published their arrangements to accept / accompany electronic payments for e-filings as per section 6 of the Information Technology Act 2000, and is requested to do same, - and hence I am constrained to go to extra expense / trouble to file a routine email request by Postal Department also.

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