Monday, August 30, 2010

CIC moves SC on right to form benches

The Central Information Commission (CIC), which had tormented the apex court by directing disclosure of information about judges' appointment and declaration of assets, on Monday made a distress request to the Supreme Court to rescue it from administrative chaos resulting from a Delhi High Court order. At a time when Right to Information Act is being increasingly used by aware citizens, the HC by its May 21 judgment had sent the CIC into a tizzy by ruling that the chief information commissioner had no power to constitute Benches and divide work. Challenging this judgment, the CIC in its special leave petition (SLP) drafted by counsel Devadatta Kamat and settled by attorney general G E Vahanvati said, "The effect of the HC order has been to entirely disrupt the smooth working of the commission and performance of its statutory duties mandated to it by Parliament under the Act."

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