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On junior plea,info officer gets HC notice

Staying the operation of Gandhi’s order regarding the inquiry,the court has sought responses from him and RTI applicant N K Peer by November 1.

Days after he was instructed not to take up new cases,Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi has landed in another trouble with the Delhi High Court on Monday issuing a notice to him on a petition filed by the CIC’s Joint Secretary,Law.

Aakash Deep Chakravarty,a 1994-batch IAS officer attached with the CIC as a Joint Secretary,has moved a petition against an inquiry initiated by Gandhi “to uncover true facts” regarding Chakravarty’s alleged reluctance to supply information on a RTI plea.

The petition,which sought a court order to quash Gandhi’s directives to set up an inquiry under the RTI and proceed with the penalty proceedings against him,was taken up for hearing by Justice Vipin Sanghi,who issued notices to Gandhi and the RTI applicant in the case.

On a specific question by the judge whether the petitioner sought to implead Gandhi in his personal capacity,advocate Rajiv Bansal,appearing for Chakravarty,said that the notice must go to Gandhi since the petitioner has raised personal allegations against the Information Commissioner.

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“This Information Commissioner is demitting office in the first week of July and he is still passing these orders,which are gross abuse of powers. He is settling scores with the petitioner,” Bansal told the court.

Staying the operation of Gandhi’s order regarding the inquiry,the court has sought responses from him and RTI applicant N K Peer by November 1.

Chakravarty had filed the petition in pursuant to Gandhi’s May 23 order whereby he decided to suo motu proceed with the inquiry for not giving adequate information to Peer. He claimed that Gandhi passed the order even though he had duly intimated the Information Commissioner about the matter being referred to a full Bench of the CIC. “The contradictory stand taken by the respondent number one (Gandhi) is shocking and appalling and further indicate the personal bias against the petitioner. The respondent is habituated of acting in a cavalier manner,throwing all settled legal norms to the wind,” read the petition,also mentioning The Indian Express report dated May 12.