The Election Commission has refused to comply with the right to information, or RTI, law that requires public authorities to respond to information requests within 30 days if the request is made through the government's online information portal.
Official documents show that 1,951 right to information requests had been filed through the portal with the election commission but it hadn't responded to a single one.
RTI activist Neeraj Sharma said he was surprised at the Election Commission's insistence to demand applicants send across their requests by post. "This is violation of a right given to us by law," said Mr Sharma.
The government suggests the poll body was last year linked to its online portal and 25 EC officials trained to deal with the information requests. But there was little that it could do to make the powerful commission fall in line.
And the central government's RTI portal was only designed for central government departments.
RTI activists, however, point out that this was not a situation which was peculiar to the election commission. Most central government departments routinely receive information requests that pertain to the state governments. When they do receive such requests, they either pass on the requests to the state or tell applicants to apply afresh to the Chief Electoral Officer concerned.
Get Breaking news, live coverage, and Latest News from India and around the world on NDTV.com. Catch all the Live TV action on NDTV 24x7 and NDTV India. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram for latest news and live news updates.