Ram Jethmalani to be CIC’s counsel in supreme court ?

CIC is to move supreme court to challenge the Delhi high court order


Danish Raza | June 4, 2010

Renowned lawyer Ram Jethmalani may appear on behalf of the central information commission (CIC) when it approaches the supreme court to appeal against a recent order of the Delhi high court. “He called me in the morning and said that he would like to take up this case,” CIC chief Wajahat Habibullah told Governance Now. Earlier the CIC had decided not move the apex court against the May 21 order of Delhi high court which quashed the powers of the commission to constitute benches to hear RTI appeals. The court had also set aside CIC’s powers to frame regulations for its functioning. However, a Patna high court order delivered in November last year allows the CIC to form benches. “The only reason we are moving to supreme court is to clear the confusion,” said Habibullah. Some information commissioners had stopped hearing of the cases after Delhi high court order saying that it would amount to contempt of court. All the central information commissioners had a meeting on Wednesday. It was decided that the routine hearings in the commission would continue and the commission would approach the apex court for clarity on the matter. Meanwhile, the department of personal and training is in the process of notifying the powers of the commission to constitute benches.



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