Sunday, October 31, 2010

Court cannot frame rules for appointment of CIC chief: HC

The Delhi High Court has refused to frame guidelines for appointment of Chief Information Commissioner saying it cannot "restrict" the discretionary power of a committee headed by the Prime Minister to decide a suitable person for the post."We cannot restrict the discretionary power of the high- powered committee headed by the Prime Minister to decide on the appointment of the Chief Information Commissioner,a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan said.The Chief Information Commissioner is chosen by a committee comprising the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and a minister of the Union Cabinet.The court dismissed the plea of RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal who sought the court''s intervention in framing rules for the appointment of Chief Information Commissioner and other members of the
Commission.He alleged there was manipulation by the Department of Personnel and Training, which recommends the name for the post to the committee, in the appointment Information Commissioner A N Tiwari as the CIC chief.The court, however, refused to entertain the plea and dismissed it, saying "we cannot legislate of frame rules".

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