Taking note of the fact that over 30,000 cases had piled up for disposal before the Central Information Commission that was made to function with half the number of sanctioned posts of Information Commissioners (ICs),the Delhi High Court on Wednesday directed the Central government to complete the formalities and appoint five more ICs as soon as possible.
The HC has fixed one month for the Search Committee,headed by a Cabinet Secretary,to shortlist candidates out of 214 applicants,and send recommendations to the Selection Committee,which comprises the Prime Minister,the Leader of Opposition and a Union minister.
A Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw impressed upon the selection panel to take a decision expeditiously and sanction the appointment as soon as possible.
The transparency panel,which has a sanctioned strength of 10 ICs,in addition to the CICs,has been functioning with only five ICs for some months now,though the CIC wrote letters to the PMO in this regard.
The PIL filed by RTI activists R K Jain and Amit Shanker had averred that due to a high pendency it took almost two years for a complaint or an appeal to come up for hearing before the CIC.