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PIC directs SCJ Bahawalnagar to provide recruitment record under RTI law, with some restrictions 

Islamabad: The Punjab Information Commission (PIC) has directed Senior Civil Judge (SCJ) Bahawalnagar to provide records of recruitment for 20 posts of process servers but with some restrictions, state the order document available with The Reporters.

Saifullah, one of the candidates in the recruitment process, approached the PIC after the SCJ Bahawalnagar refused to provide the requested information about the recruitment process.

Taking action on the complaint of the candidate,  the PIC conducted a hearing of the case. The hearing was attended by Assistant /COC Shahzad Iqbal Chughtai on behalf of the SCJ Bahawalnagar.

During the hearing of the complaint, Assistant /COC Chughtai argued that the requested information is not public information. Therefore, can’t be shared with the appellant under the Punjab Transparency & Right to Information Act 2013.

Chughtai also submitted a written reply to this effect which has been vehemently contested by the appellant.

The appellant through RTI application requested SCJ BWN for certified copies of the information pertaining to the recruitment of 20 process servers made in Feb/March of the year 2018.

Order of the Commission

The Punjab Information Commission (PIC), in its order, has directed the SCJ to provide the copies of applications of successful candidates, copies of domicile certificates of candidates, attendance sheet of the candidates appeared in the tests, certified copies of diary register, and merit list.

The commission also decided that a list of invigilators cannot be provided. As it will never be in public interest to reveal the particulars of invigilators and examiners, failing which they would never render such services. The appeals are consequently dismissed to this extent, the order states.

Moreover, SCJ is also directed to provide only address and date of birth whereas CNIC number shall be deleted from certified copies of CNICs, which will be shared with the appellant. The appellant is allowed to verify his own attempted sheet and not of any other candidate.

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