It’s per­sonal, says DU af­ter re­fus­ing to share VC’S at­ten­dance record

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NEW DELHI: Delhi Uni­ver­sity has re­fused to share the at­ten­dance de­tails of its ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing the Vice Chan­cel­lor, say­ing the in­for­ma­tion was not in “pub­lic in­ter­est” and would amount to “in­va­sion of pri­vacy”.

The tus­sle be­gan a year ago when at­ten­dance de­tails of the non-teach­ing staff of the Delhi Uni­ver­sity, which in­cludes the Vice-chan­cel­lor, Pro ViceChan­cel­lor, Regis­trar, Deputy Regis­trar, As­sis­tant Regis­trar and oth­ers were sought un­der the Right to In­for­ma­tion (RTI) Act by a per­son who de­clined to be iden­ti­fied.

“It ap­pears that the in­for­ma­tion sought by the ap­pli­cant is per­sonal in na­ture as far as the par­tic­u­lar of­fi­cial is con­cerned and it would cause un­war­ranted in­va­sion into the pri­vacy of an in­di­vid­ual. It does not ap­pear that any larger pub­lic in­ter­est would be served by dis­clo­sure of this in­for­ma­tion in the pub­lic do­main,” the var­sity’s Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer (PIO) said quot­ing sec­tion 8(1)(j) of the (RTI) Act.

The uni­ver­sity’s First Ap­pel­late Au­thor­ity, which heard the case in Septem­ber, con­curred with the de­ci­sion. It said that sec­tion 8 al­lows the PIO to with­hold in­for­ma­tion in case he or she deems it as caus­ing “un­war­ranted in­va­sion of the pri­vacy” of the in­di­vid­ual. The sec­tion quoted says in­for­ma­tion may be de­nied “which re­lates to per­sonal in­for­ma­tion, the dis­clo­sure of which has not re­la­tion­ship to any pub­lic ac­tiv­ity or in­ter­est, or which would cause un­war­ranted in­va­sion of the pri­vacy of the in­di­vid­ual.”

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