Two Info Commissioners stop work after HC order

A N Tiwari and Deepak Sandhu did not carry out hearings

PTI | May 26, 2010



At least two Information Commissioners at Central Information Commission today postponed the hearing of appeals till the government clears the air on the constitution of benches at the panel.

Information Commissioners A N Tiwari and Deepak Sandhu did not carry out hearings today. Chief Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah is out of station at present.

When contacted, offices of both the Commissioners confirmed that hearings have been postponed because of last week's Delhi High Court decision on the working of the transparency panel.

Rest of the Commissioners carried out hearings of scheduled cases.

Ramesh Tripathi, whose case was scheduled for hearing before Tiwari through video-conferencing from Jharsuguda, Orissa, said he travelled nearly 40 kilometres for the hearing only to be told that it has been postponed.

"My appeal was against an RTI reply sent by Coal India. I was scheduled to report at 11 am today. But I was told that the hearing has been postponed without giving any reasons," Tripathi told PTI.

The move was expected as some Commissioners wanted suspension of work in the wake of a Delhi High Court decision which struck down 'The Central Information Commission (Management) Regulations, 2007' framed by the Chief Information Commissioner for deciding appeals under the RTI.

The Chief Information Commissioner had convened a meeting of all the Information Commissioners yesterday to discuss the repercussions of the High Court decision where some Commissioners have expressed reservations over continuing hearing of appeals.

They had said continuation of work would mean contempt of court as the decision raises a question mark over the legality of hearing process at the panel, sources said.

The view did not get support of Habibullah and other members who said stopping work would not be in public interest, they said.

At present, appeals are heard by individual commissioners or a group of Commissioners in Division or Full Bench depending on the matter.

"We have sought legal opinion on the order. I have been told that there was nothing in the order which barred hearings by individual commissioners. We will abide by the High Court order and will approach the government seeking clarity on the matter but work will continue," Habibullah had told PTI yesterday.

Comments

 

Other News

Don’t fear Corona, fight it

In a bid to break the “chain of transmission” of the deadly Covid-19, India, a country with more than 1.3 billion population, observed a voluntary ‘Janata Curfew’ on March 22. This has been followed by a 21-day, nationwide lockdown from March 24. Prime minister Narendra Modi also re

Sci-Tech Empowered Committee set up for COVID-19

To take speedy decisions on research and development for Sars-Cov-2 virus and COVID-19, the government has constituted a Science and Technology Empowered Committee. The committee, set up on March 19 and chaired by Niti Aayog member, professor Vinod Paul and professor K Vijay Raghavan, princi

Covid-19 and real estate: This could be last straw that broke camel’s back

Covid-19 may turn out to be the last straw that broke the camel’s back so far as the real estate sector is concerned. It broke out at a time when pundits were estimating the GDP to be hovering around 2.5% with unprecedent levels of unemployment. This itself was a good indicator that the real estate s

India ramps efforts as COVID-19 cases rise

As COVID -19 cases continue to rise amid a 21-day lockdown, the centre and the states are proactively taking measures to provide aid to the underprivileged and the needy during this unprecedented situation.         By Sunday morning, India had registered 27

Diplomacy in the time of Covid-19

In the thick of battle with the deadly coronavirus, India on March announced a 21-day lockdown till April 14 in its bid to control the spread of virus which has so far led to 10 people’s death and over 600 others falling sick across the country. As per experts, India, which is in the second stage of

Life hacks for Lockdown blues

As the nation battles the Coronavirus outbreak, a billion-plus population is confined at home in the 21-day lockdown, and this is leading to mental health concerns. “It is a tough time and we need to be stable to get thorough. People must rationalise their irrational thoughts without



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter