Mr. Shashikant Barve through his RTI application dated 25.06.2 sought certain information (like, number and names of study circle WIRC where the bank account of the study circle is being operated during 2012; payment made by the study circles operating in Pune to any branch of ICAI for holding any joint programmes during the period 1.01.2011; names of currently elected CAs members on WIRC Managing Committee Mumbai or Council New Delhi; study circle wise data in respect of their members and so on.) in respect of study circles operating in Western India Regional Council (WIRC) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
The CPIO vide her letter dated 21.08.2012, while, inter-alia, informing the Appellant that the relationship between ICAI and CPE study circles is only for limited purpose of recognizing the CPE hours, denied the information on the ground that the same was not maintained by them.
Appellant took this matter in appeal to CIC and rightly argued that study circles are nothing but an “extended arm” of the ICAI and that ICAI has full control over them, right from granting approval to submission of accounts to transfer of surplus to even the power to dissolve a study circle. The CIC upheld Mr. Barve’s contention and directed ICAI to furnish the information sought by him.