Saturday, June 19, 2010

Contradictory HC verdicts force CIC to knock SC door

Caught between the contradictory judgments by the Delhi and Patna high courts on whether the Central Information Commission (CIC) can frame its rules to hear RTI appeals, the information panel has decided to approach the Supreme Court for a final verdict. The national transparency watchdog, in its weekly meeting attended by all the
nine information commissioners and chaired by Chief Information Commissioner, Wajahat Habibullah, decided to move the SC to end confusion on the issue. The move was triggered by a Delhi high court verdict on May 21, declaring that the commission had no power to set-up benches for hearing RTI appeals or form inquiry committees. The court, in its judgment, quashed the information watchdog's 2007 regulation that empowered it to set up benches to hear RTI disputes and appoint inquiry committees.

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