It was in December 2013 that 31-year-old Lalit Kumar appeared in the Northern Railway Group D exam. When the results came out, he was declared not selected. Convinced that something was wrong, he chose to file a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.

After a year, he got a reply that his candidature was cancelled by the Railway Recruitment Cell (RRC) because it was felt that he could have scored 96 percent marks, way above the cut-off mark, only by using unfair means.

Not satisfied with the response, Lalit kept going to the Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) in the Northern Railway office at Baroda House here.

Seeing his persistence, officials told him to file an appeal with the Central Information Commission (CIC). "I filed my appeals with the First Appellate Authority (FAA) and CIC," Lalit told reporters.

Finally, in July 2015, CIC fixed the appeal for hearing though the FAA didn't respond. On August 10, the CIC asked the CPIO, which alleged that Lalit used unfair means in the examination, to provide the reasons to Lalit within 30 days explaining why he was not selected.

"They didn't have any proof or evidence that I was involved in cheating or used unfair means. I challenge them to prove it," says Lalit. He is now pursuing Bachelor of Social Work at the Indira Gandhi National Open University here.

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