The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, has sought information from the government over appointment of the post of information commissioners responsible for the clearing backlog of Right to Information applications in the Central Information Commission. The apex court has asked whether only bureaucrats were being appointed as ICs.
RTI activists Anjali Bhardwaj, Commodore Lokesh Batra (retired) and Amrita Johri have filed petitions in the Supreme Court demanding information about huge blockage of RTI application in CIC as posts of ICs were lying vacant. The petitioners have also objected that only bureaucrats were appointed as ICs and the search committee, formed to recommend names for the posts, comprising only civil servants.
The apex court has asked if there were names other than the 14 names, comprising sitting and retires bureaucrats, recommended by the search committee for the post of ICs.
Additional solicitor general Pinky Anand informed the bench, comprising Justice AK Sikri and Justice S Abdul Nazeer, that the chief IC and four ICs have been appointed so far and the process is going on.