When can an applicant request the Information Commission to levy penalty?

An applicant can request the Information Commission of there is a delay or denial of information without any reasonable cause. If incomplete or misleading information has been provided or there has been a tampering of records or destruction of records deliberately to avoid providing information, there would be a ground for levy of penalty.

Thus, if the PIO has, without any reasonable cause,

       refused to receive an application for information,

       has not furnished information within the time limit specified under section 7(1),

       malafidely denied the request for information,

       knowingly given incorrect, incomplete or misleading information,

       destroyed information which was the subject of the request, or

       obstructed in any manner in furnishing the information.