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HC asks Centre on appointment of information commissioners

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Centre to inform it on the status of appointment of the chief information commissioner and three information commissioners, the posts lying vacant for nearly a year.

A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice RS Endlaw asked Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain to take instructions from the central government on the appointment of
chief information commissioner and information commissioners and apprise the court on Thursday.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by Right to Information (RTI) activists R.K. Jain, Commodore (Retd.) Lokesh Batra, Subhash Chandra Agarwal.

The plea said under the Right to Information Act, 2005, the Central Information Commission
(CIC) was created as a statutory body to decide appeals and complaints against public authorities for non-compliance with the act.

The proper functioning of the CIC is essential for the proper implementation of the RTI Act, the plea said, adding that the government has attempted to stifle the functioning of the RTI Act by failing to do its statutory duty — to appoint chief information commissioner and information commissioners at the CIC.

The post of chief information commissioner at CIC is lying vacant since August 23, 2014, and the posts of three information commissioners have also been lying vacant for almost a year, it said. 
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