Can RTI help in case of Missing FIR?

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Right to Information Act, mandates a timely response to citizen's request for any sort of the government information - 30 days to be precise! It is an initiative taken to provide a gateway to the citizens of India to access information under the realm of any Public Authoritiy - Central as well as State Government.

An RTI application could be filed for range of issues like knowing the status of your passport, for verification of mark sheets or even in the case of missing FIR.

RTI in case of missing FIR:

A First Information Report is a written document which is prepared by police organizations after receiving information regarding any cognizable offence being committed. It is a complaint lodged with the police by the victim or by someone else on the victim’s behalf, which can be made such either orally or in writing. Due to such liberties in filing FIR, most of the time it is improperly dealt with, that results in the damage or loss of an FIR.

Police department is a public authority, hence it comes under the realm of RTI. Thus First Information Report RTI can be filed. The scenarios can be:

1. RTI for Life and Liberty

File applications under Life and Liberty when there is some eminent danger to either the life or liberty of a person. This cannot be filed for something like a property. The Public Information Officer can only decide if the application should be treated in the ambit of Life or Liberty or not and he is the one responsible for any casualty which might occur because of the delay.

If reply is not received within 3 to 4 days, file a first appeal and while doing that, send its copy to PIO( Public Information Officer) too.

Still no reply, then file a second appeal. Send its copy to First Appellate Authority and Public Information Officer.

2. Get the details of an FIR filed against any other common citizen of a city

Ok, now this one totally depends on the situation. If you have the complete details of the concerned FIR, you could even the access the same by the independent mechanism of the police authorities.

Additionally, you could also access the same through RTI. The process of obtaining another person’s information is described in section 11 of the Act. This information is exempt from disclosure under RTI but for certain specific circumstances. They are:

  • If you have taken the consent of the third party.

  • If in disclosing the information large public interest is served.

  • If the above conditions are satisfied, you could get the details.

3. Missing FIR

If you have filed an FIR for a crime, but the application is missing from the records of police station, the best way to track the FIR is to file an RTI application. The police authority is a public authority and under the ambit of RTI Act.

Under section 2 (f) of the RTI Act, status of your application, the action taken report, certified copies of the relevant documents and records could be easily obtained.

How to File an RTI for Matters Related to FIRs?

You can submit the RTI request for matters related to FIR in the following manner:

  • Firstly, know the details of the FIR -

    • FIR number

    • Date

    • Name of the police station and

    • The district under which it falls

  • And you can draft your application in the following format:

Sample RTI Application Format for to file an RTI for matters related to FIRs?

Further Things to Be Added in the Application:

  1. Provide information to each point separately - No clubbing of points even when information is repeated.

  2. Provide the name & designation of the officer who is providing this information along with the details (name & designation) of first appellant as per rules of RTI Act.

  3. Send the above via local speed post to the applicant’s address mentioned above as prescribed under the Right of Information act of 2005.

  4. Kindly send the information in English language. Your early reply will be much appreciated.

Now as you can see from the above process, there are lot of things to be kept in mind. Also, if the format happens to be a bit off, there are chances of it being rejected.

So you need to be really careful while making your RTI for Missing FIR request.

OnlineRTI.com - A Much Simpler Way to File RTI:

While filing your RTI application in case of FIR status, you need to go through the following steps:

  • Providing information to each point separately without clubbing of points, even if the given information is repeated.

  • As per the rules of RTI, you have to be sure that you provide the name as well as designation of the officer, providing this information, and of First Appellant Authority.

  • Finally the information is posted to the applicant’s address by local speed post.

The application should be highly precise and follow a proper format. Even one small mistake can result in the rejection of your application. So you need to be very careful while drafting an Application for FIR status with RTI.

With OnlineRTI, you can easily file RTI for FIR in simple and easy steps. Our team of experts will aid you in drafting your RTI first appeal and also will aid in the formatting of the report correctly.

After the process is done, you will receive an appropriate response, with the required information.

6 Simple Steps in which your RTI for FIR will be Filed:

  1. Fill the simple and easy form, in normal and simple English - Click Here to get started.

  2. Enter your contact details, basic FIR details and Submit!

  3. Our team will get in touch with you and draft an application.

  4. We will send the same for your approval.

  5. As soon as the approval is received, the application will be send to the concerning officer/authority.

  6. They will directly reply to you.

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