RTI activists threaten legal action if State appoints Info Commissioners whose names were rejected by the Governor

RTI activists have made it clear that they would approach the Court with a Public Interest petition, if the State Government went ahead with the appointment of the four Information Commissioners (ICs) , whose names were earlier rejected by Governor E. S. L. Narasimhan.

The Government’s unprecedented move to recommend the same four names to the Governor amounted to presenting him a fait accompli, B. Ramakrishna Raju, convenor of the United Forum for RTI and other activists, C. J. Karira and D. Rakesh Kumar said while addressing a press conference here on Tuesday.

They charged the Government with selectively interpreting the Supreme Court and High Court judgments relating to the appointment of Information Commissioners and violating their guidelines.

Guidelines

These guidelines include selection of ICs from among the persons empanelled by Department of Personnel and Training in the case of Centre and the concerned Ministry in the case of a State. The selection process should commence at least three months prior to the occurrence of vacancy.

The panel has to be prepared after due advertisement in the media and placed before the high powered selection committee for final recommendation to the President (in the case of Central ICs) and to the Governor (for State ICs). The Courts have also made it clear that this committee should adopt a fair and transparent method of recommending the names. The High Court of Madras had in a judgment stated that even the date of the selection committee would have to be fixed in consultation with the Leader of the Opposition.

Apparently none of these norms have been followed by the State Government and sent the names, three of them with political background, without even convening a meeting of the selection committee and ensuring participation of the Leader of the Opposition.


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