January 2019


Jinal Sanghvi



u Supreme Court slams centre for keeping names of applicants for Information Commissioners’ post secret; asks it to make them public

The Supreme Court (SC) has directed the Centre to publish names, criteria and other details of search committee’s work so far for appointments to the Central Information Commission, under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.


The case pertained to the inordinate delay in filling up the vacancies of crucial posts of Central Information Commissioners (CICs) and Information Commissioners (ICs), the SC order is a big boost for activists, who have campaigned tirelessly for transparency in selection of information commissioners.


The SC directive follows an affidavit submitted by the central government in court today. The Government had earlier committed to decide on vacancies even before a public interest litigation (PIL) for appointment of Commissioners was filed. It told the SC today that it had received 65 applications for the post of the Chief Central Information Commissioner and 280 applications for the four posts of Information Commissioners. The affidavit states that the government has shortlisted names for the post of CIC. However, after the latest SC directive, the government will have to publish these names on its website, before it selects the chief information commissioner.


As for the eight other States that were also asked to file an affidavit, the Telangana government has said that it was busy with elections so the SC has given it two more weeks to file its affidavit. The petitioners bought it to the notice of the court that there were 10,000


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