Can any citizen ask any information that is more than 20 years old even if it does fall within the category of exemptions? Will the PIO be penalized if he/she is unable to provide such information?
Yes, any citizen can ask any information more than 20 years old held by or under the control of a public authority, irrespective of whether the information requested for falls within the category of exempted information or not. Nothing in the Act bars a citizen to ask for such information. The PIO concerned has to provide information ‘held’ under the control of the public authorities subject to the provisions of the Act relating to exemptions stipulated under the Act.