You thought the Right to Information Act instilled transparency in governance? Think again. A PIL filed by advocate Sanjeeb Panigrahi in the Supreme Court cited documentary evidence to show that principal information officers (PIOs) demanded money for parting with required information asked by RTI applicants, when, in fact, it should be free. The PIL stated that such a move was tantamount to stifling the act itself. The petitioner further said that despite a statutory provision of imposing penalty on PIOs who are late in providing information, the rule was hardly applied.