Updated: July 8, 2021 3:39:09 am
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought status reports from the Centre and states on vacancies and pendency in the Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions.
A bench headed by Justice S Abdul Nazeer, which took up for hearing a 2018 plea filed by RTI activists Anjali Bhardwaj, Amrita Johri and Commodore Lokesh K. Batra (Retd), gave the Centre and states four weeks to file the affidavits.
The plea had prayed for directions to urgently fill up vacancies for information commissioners in the Central and state commissions.
Appearing for the petitioners, advocate Prashant Bhushan pointed out that the SC, while hearing the matter, had directed in 2019 to fill the posts well in time but despite this, there are still three vacancies. He said that the government had not placed the names of the candidates or the selection criteria on record. He also questioned the qualifications of those chosen as members.
Additional Solicitor General Madhavi Divan, who appeared for the Centre, said the top court’s directions had been complied with and appointments made in March 2020. A compliance affidavit was also filed in April 2020, she submitted.
The ASG also took exception to Bhushan’s submission regarding the selected members and said accusations could not be levelled against them.
The Bench asked for a status report updating the latest position.
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