Saturday, June 19, 2010

Info panel chief seeks govt help

Facing a revolt within, Chief Information Commissioner, Wajahat Habibullah, has sought help from the government to avoid a conflict between the higher judiciary and the information watchdog. Habibullah's desperate call comes after some of his colleagues at the Central Information Commission (CIC) openly questioned the May 21 verdict of the Delhi HC, declaring the commission had no power to set-up benches to hear RTI appeals
or form inquiry panels. The court quashed the CIC's 2007 regulation that empowered it to set up benches to hear RTI disputes and appoint inquiry committees. The order has put a question mark over the legality of various CIC benches, apart from the main bench headed by Habibullah. At least four commissioners out of nine have expressed displeasure at the order.

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