Sunday, December 05, 2010

Madras HC orders notice to Govt on TN CIC's appoint

The Madras high court on Friday ordered issuing of notice to Tamil Nadu government on a writ petition challenging the appointment of retired IAS official KS Sripathi as the chief information commissioner (CIC) of the state as there was "no transperancy" in the selection process. Justice N Paul Vasantha Kumar ordered the notice, asking the government to file its counter within two weeks while admitting for hearing the petition, jointly filed by two right to information (RTI) activists V Madhav, a software engineer in Alwarpet, and Siva Elango of Saidapet. While Sripathi, who is former Tamil Nadu chief secretary, was appointed as the CIC on September 1, 2010, the petitioners said there was a news report in The Times of India on August 5 itself stating that he could become the CIC whereas the selection committee meeting was held only on August 23.

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