Sunday, June 13, 2010

CIC to approach SC as ICs refuse to work

India's FoI watchdog the Central Information Commission "CIC" has decided to approach the Indian Supreme Court next week against a recent order of the Delhi High Court which has caused at least 3 of its members to inform the Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah that they shall not be hearing cases from next week as this would amount to contempt of court. India's federal Freedom of Information law came into effect from 13 October 2005 as the Right to Information Act and over 12,000 decisions have been delivered by the CIC till now usually by Information Commissioners deciding matters independently of each other, and often disagreeing with each other. With over
25,000 matters still pending with the CIC, India's citizens are getting increasingly frustrated with the long delays of over a year for their FoI applications to be decided.

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