“Furnish details on ASG's reply to show-cause notice”

The Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Union Law Ministry to furnish details of the reply sent by Additional Solicitor-General A.S. Chandiok in response to a show-cause issued for his appearance in the Delhi High Court on behalf of the North Delhi Power Ltd. (NDPL), a private company.

Rights activist Subash Chandra Agrawal, on the basis of media reports about Mr. Chandiok's appearance for a private party and the show-cause issued to him, approached the Law Ministry seeking to know whether the ASG had sent his reply, and if so, to furnish the same. Further, during the farewell of Justice S.N. Aggarwal, a sitting judge of the Delhi High Court, who was transferred to the Madhya Pradesh High Court, Mr. Chandiok had reportedly questioned the judges transfer policy and the Centre issued a show-cause to him and details were sought on this aspect also.

With the Law Ministry declining to give the details, the RTI activist approached the CIC, which directed the Ministry to provide, in four weeks, the following information to Mr. Agrawal — copies of replies received from Mr. Chandiok to the two notices sent and the reply if any sent by the Ministry to these letters.

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