Chief Information Commissioner can transfer Commissioners: HC

The Bombay High Court has held that the State Chief Information Commissioner has powers under Right to Information Act (RTI) to transfer State Information Commissioner from one region to another for the purpose of ensuring that the Commission functions in a smooth manner. This significant ruling was delivered by a bench headed by Justice V […]

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HC stays order on probe into 26/11 call records

On a Maharashtra Government plea, the Bombay High Court has stayed an order of Chief Information Commissioner asking the state to hold an inquiry into the call data records of telephonic talks between police control room and wireless set of slain IPS officer Ashok Kamte during the 26/11 terror attacks. “On due consideration of submissions […]

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SC stays part of its verdict on appointments in info panels

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed its direction that only sitting or retired chief justices of High Courts or an apex court judge can head the Central and State Information Commissions. A bench of justices A. K. Patnaik and A.K. Sikri also directed “that wherever a Chief Information Commissioner is of the opinion that intricate […]

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Centre plea on info panel appointments has admitted by the Sumpreme Court

The Centre’s plea has been admitted by the Supreme Court to review its judgement which had stipulated that only sitting or retired chief justices of high courts or an apex court judge can head the Central and state information commissions. While admitting the plea, a bench of justices A K Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar, however, made […]

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Government withdraws RTI Act amendments

Under pressure from UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, the Manmohan Singh government Thursday withdrew the controversial amendments aimed at diluting the Right to Information (RTI) Act. “The cabinet decided to withdraw the amendments to the RTI Act” The campaign against the amendments was led by activist Aruna Roy, a member of the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory […]

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Plea on political donations to be heard Sep 26

The chief information commissioner (CIC) will Sep 26 hear a plea asking political parties to give out information on donations received by them, said NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) Saturday. The ADR approached the CIC in March 2011 as save for the Communist Party of India (CPI), no other national political party had provided […]

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DoPT seeks advice on court’s verdict on info panel

The Department of Personnel and Traininghas sought the Law Ministry’s advice on the Supreme Courtverdict making it mandatory for the hearings in Central and State Information Commissions to be carried out by people with judicial backgrounds. “We have held inter-departmental discussions with officials concerned on the Apex court decision. The department has decided to seek […]

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Appoint people with judicial background to CIC: SC

Holding that Central and state Information Commissions perform quasi-judicial functions, the Supreme Court today asked the government to appoint people from judicial background also as its members. A bench of justices A K Patnaik and Swatanter Kumar also lifted the stay on appointment of information commissioners. The bench passed the order on a PIL challenging […]

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Governor not in RTI ambit? Court asks for affidavit

The Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court Monday asked the Goa governor to state on oath that he, the president of India and speakers of state assemblies have no executive powers and duties, giving them a shield against the transparency law. The division bench of Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice F.M. Reis issued the […]

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