Monday, November 09, 2009

Court to hear plea on appointment of information commissioner

The Delhi High Court is likely to hear Monday a plea seeking transparency in the appointment of a new chief information commissioner of the Central Information Commission (CIC) and urging that bureaucrats should not be first choice for the post as "an essential safeguard". The petition was filed by Krishna Rao and six others demanding that the government advertise the post of CIC chief widely and give equal opportunity for submitting candidatures to those who are eligible.

The petition filed last week through advocate A. Rasheed Quereshi submitted that "the function of Information Commissioner is to act as transparency of public administration, so appointment of those who have held key positions and high offices in the public administration violates the principles of natural justice and creates a constant threat of conflict of interest."

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