Filing an appeal under the Right to Information Act 2005 (RTI Act) is an essential democratic right for Indian citizens. However, what should you do if your first appeal under the Act goes unanswered? This comprehensive guide aims to provide you with the necessary steps based on the Act itself and additional research.
As per Section 19(6) of the Right to Information Act 2005, the first appellate authority is mandated to dispose of the appeal within 30 days from the receipt of the appeal, extendable up to a maximum of 45 days if there are sufficient reasons for it1.
If your first appeal goes unanswered within this time, you should request:
If your second application goes unanswered, a reminder letter should be your next step. A consistent lack of response suggests a failure of duty on the part of the first appellate authority. Under such circumstances, you can file a complaint in court as per Section 18 of the RTI Act 20052.
Section 20 of the RTI Act outlines the penalties that may be imposed on the appellate authority for not responding to an appeal in the stipulated time frame3.
Ignoring a first appeal is a breach of the RTI Act 2005 and provides the appellant with several options for legal redress. Always consult a legal advisor to understand the full range of options available to you.
“If your first appeal under the Right to Information Act 2005 is ignored, this guide provides you with a researched roadmap for the steps you can take for legal redress.”