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Friday, December 17, 2010

SC issues notice to Govt on transparent selection of Info Commissioners

Dear fellow activists,

Here’s some fantastic news: Supreme Court yesterday admitted the special leave petition (SLP) filed by activist Arvind Kejriwal for opposing the arbitrary selection of Central Information Commissioners. The court issued notice to the Union government, asking for their replies and rejoinders.

Earlier, Delhi High Court had dismissed Arvind’s writ petition (WP) at the admission stage.
"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…. We cannot legislate or frame rules," a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan had said on October 21.

In recent months, Andhra Pradesh High Court and Tamil Nadu High Court have admitted writ petitions filed by activist Madhav Vishnubhatta challenging the arbitrary selection of Chief State Information Commissioners and notices have been issued to respective state governments.

Read the gist of Arvind’s WP here:

Warm Regards,


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