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DATE WISE CAUSE LIST OF CASES BEFORE THE COMMISSION


RTI APPLICATIONS FOR THE DURATION OF THE CURFEW

The Right to Information is implicit in the Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression unequivocally guaranteed in Article 19(1)(a) of India’s Constitution. The Courts have also linked a citizen’s Right to Information with his/her Right to Life and liberty enshrined in Article 21 of the Constitution. The Right to Information Act is also in sync with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which holds that: ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers’.

A citizen’s right to information is therefore unbridled, fundamental and inalienable.

There is however, a huge public health crisis confronting the world, India and our state Punjab today. It is more than an ordinary challenge to guarantee citizens access to information in such times, when many public authorities have ceased to function owing to the extended lockdowns/curfews. Others, like the state police, health authorities, local government and municipal bodies, who are at the forefront of battling the emerging global scourge, are, understandably, in no position to respond to citizens’ queries and concerns as stipulated in the Right to Information Act, 2005.

It is equally evident that, with the lockdown/curfew in place, and the suspension of all public transport services, citizens too no longer have the means to approach Public Authorities or attend appeal hearings at First Appellate Authorities (FAAs) and the State Information Commission.

In view of the fact that most (if not all) Public Information Officers (PIOs) and duly designated FAAs, would either be restricted to their homes or engaged in responding to more urgent and pressing duties, the Punjab State Information Commission (PSIC, hereinafter ‘the Commission’) has decided the following:

Given the extraordinary circumstances, only in matters of utmost urgency pertaining to ‘Life and Liberty’, citizens in Punjab can henceforth submit their applications directly to the Commission via e-mail. All such applications will be put up to a specially constituted Double Bench comprising the Chief Information Commissioner, Sh. Suresh Arora and State Information Commissioner, Sh. Asit Jolly. The Double Bench will thereafter issue an appropriate Decision/Order keeping in view the larger public interest.

All other Appeal/Complaint cases pending in the Commission stand adjourned until the duration of the ongoing curfew/lockdown in the state of Punjab.



Click date for details of Cases heard/scheduled for hearing


Bench 25
DateCourtTime
Monday, June 8, 2020In Chamber11:00 AM (VC Webex)
Tuesday, June 9, 2020In Chamber11:00 AM (VC Webex)
Wednesday, June 10, 2020In Chamber11:00 AM (VC Webex)
Bench 27
DateCourtTime
Monday, June 8, 2020Court 110:30 AM (VC Webex)
Tuesday, June 9, 2020Court 111:15 AM (VC Webex)
Tuesday, June 9, 2020Court 111:00 AM (VC)
Wednesday, June 10, 2020Court 110:30 AM (VC)
Wednesday, June 10, 2020Court 111:15 AM (VC Webex)
Bench 28
DateCourtTime
Thursday, June 4, 2020Court 311:00 AM (VC)
Bench 29
DateCourtTime
Wednesday, June 3, 2020Court 302:30 PM (VC)
Bench 30
DateCourtTime
Monday, June 8, 2020Court 311:00 AM
Tuesday, June 9, 2020Court 311:00 AM
Wednesday, June 10, 2020Court 311:00 AM
Bench 31
DateCourtTime
Monday, June 8, 2020In Chamber11:00 AM (VC Webex)
Tuesday, June 9, 2020In Chamber11:00 AM (VC Webex)
Wednesday, June 10, 2020In Chamber11:00 AM (VC Webex)
Bench 32
DateCourtTime
Monday, June 8, 2020Court 411:00 AM
Tuesday, June 9, 2020Court 411:00 AM (VC)
Wednesday, June 10, 2020Court 411:00 AM (VC)
Thursday, June 11, 2020Court 411:00 AM (VC)
Bench 33
DateCourtTime
Thursday, June 4, 2020Court 311:00 AM (VC)
Bench 34
DateCourtTime
Monday, June 8, 2020Court 111:30 AM (VC)
Tuesday, June 9, 2020Court 111:30 AM (VC)
Wednesday, June 10, 2020Court 111:30 AM (VC)








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