Fri. Sep 18th, 2020

Question paper along with answer sheet of JIPMER-MBBS Entrance Examination, directed to be disclosed

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Central Information Commission (CIC): While coming down heavily upon the officials of Jawaharlal
Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) for their
casual attitude in dealing with RTI applications, CIC directed them to
provide the question paper and the answer sheet of JIPMER-MBBS Entrance
Examination to the appellant. Earlier, the appellant sought for the question
paper, answer sheet and key of JIPMER-MBBS Entrance Examination, held on
08.06.2014 but was informed that as per the decision of the Academic Committee,
JIPMER does not disclose the said information and thus, the information was
denied to the appellant. JIPMER further referred to a decision of the Delhi
High Court in AIIMS v. Vikrant Bhuria
[LPA No. 487 of 2011], wherein the court had denied disclosure of such
information. After perusing the said judgment, CIC observed that ratio of the
Delhi High Court’s decision does not apply in the instant case as the appellant
in the present case sought for the question paper of JIPMER-MBBS Entrance
Examination, held on 08.06.2014, which is not similar to the super-speciality
entrance examination, discussed by the Delhi High Court in the above mentioned
decision. While directing the public authority to take due cognizance of
provisions of the RTI Act, CIC also cautioned them to refrain from dealing with
RTI applications in a casual manner and to strictly follow provisions of the
RTI Act while disposing of appeals and pass a speaking order after taking due
cognizance of merits of each case. [S. Winston Samuel v. Jawaharlal
Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, 2015 SCC OnLine CIC
2378, decided on 20.07.2015]
Source: Legal news India

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