CIC Mathur defers hearing on complaint against 6 parties
New Delhi: Chief Information Commissioner R K Mathur has postponed the hearing on complaints against six political parties for violating the CIC's 2013 order bringing them under the ambit of the RTI Act.
The hearing was to take place on Tuesday.
No hearing on the matter has taken place since December 2016 despite clear instruction from the Delhi High Court in 2014 to dispose of the matter within 6 months.
The hearing scheduled on February 20 has been cancelled "due to unavoidable circumstances", according to a Central Information Commission notice.
Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu had recently questioned Mathur on the lack of transparency in formation of benches to hear the matter and delay in completing the hearings, sources in the CIC said.
In a letter circulated among all Information Commissioners last week, Acharyulu is understood to have raised points about the lack of discussion on formation of benches during the CIC's weekly meetings, they said.
When contacted, Acharyulu said it was an internal matter.
A three-member bench headed by Acharyulu had heard the matter in December 2016. A few days later, one of the Information Commissioners on the bench, Bimal Julka, had recused himself citing pending work. Mathur had then put the matter in abeyance.
Meanwhile, Acharyulu's order directing Delhi University to give records related to all the students who had passed BA degree in 1978, the year in which, according to the varsity, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also cleared the examination, became public.
Soon after, Mathur divested Acharyulu from hearing matters pertaining to the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
Mathur constituted a four-member bench in July last year but no member of the bench which had heard the matter for nearly five months found place on it. The move drew sharp reaction from R K Jain, the complainant, who questioned the rationale behind the new bench, prompting Mathur to defer the hearing for seeking legal opinion.