HYDERABAD: The AP Information Commission (APIC) slapped a Rs 15,000 fine on the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) on Tuesday for not providing information under the RTI Act even after being directed to do so by the commission and also for failing to give a convincing reply to the showcause notice served on it.
The APPSC was penalized in a case related to a Group-1 aspirant K Sekhar Babu who was denied answer sheets which he had sought under the RTI Act. Babu had lodged a complaint of non-compliance against the APPSC and demanded Rs 3 crore as compensation for the personal and professional loss due to this case. However, the compensation request was struck down by the commission. tnn
About 20 similar cases related to the APPSC were heard at the information commission on Tuesday. In all the cases, answer sheets had been denied by the APPSC under the RTI Act to students who had appeared for the exams. In all these cases, chief information commissioner Jannat Hussain ordered the APPSC to furnish photocopies of the answer sheets to the applicants and in most cases gave only a week's time to APPSC to comply with the order.