Process to appoint CIC should be same as chief election commissioner: Supreme Court

 The Supreme Court on Friday passed a slew of directions on filling up vacancies in the Central Information Commission (CIC) and state information commissions (SICs) and said the process of appointments must start one to two months before a post falls vacant. A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and S A Nazeer said the […]

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MP High Court: Wife has the right to know husband’s salary details

A woman had the right to know the remuneration of her husband, the Madhya Pradesh High Court has observed. A High Court bench of Justices SK Seth and Nandita Dubey made the observation while hearing the petition of Sunita Jain who had sought a higher maintenance amount from her estranged husband claiming that he was […]

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Centre in High Court against CIC order on Khemka’s deputation

The Centre has moved the Delhi High Court against a CIC order asking it to inform whether IAS officer Ashok Khemka, known for cancelling Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s alleged illegal land deal in Gurgaon, was considered for the post of joint secretary in the Centre. The Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in its […]

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Seeking bank employees’ personal info exempted under RTI: SC

The Supreme Court has held that seeking information about individual bank employees which were personal in nature and devoid of any public interest, was exempted under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. The court made the observation while allowing an appeal filed by Canara Bank challenging an order of the Kerala High Court directing it […]

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No power to CIC to order jails to pay damages: Delhi HC

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Central Information Commission (CIC) does not have the power to direct Tihar Jail to develop a system of compensating inmates who have been incarcerated beyond their period of sentence, Delhi High Court has held. “Prima facie, this power does not vest in the CIC,” Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva said while staying operation of the September 29, […]

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Order to reveal IB report on whistle-blower stayed

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Delhi High Court today stayed an order of the Chief Information Commission (CIC) directing the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to make public its report on alleged harassment of whistle-blower IFoS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi. Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva stayed the operation of CIC’s April 21 order till the next date of hearing on August 9 on the IB’s […]

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Maintain daily order sheet: Delhi High Court directs CIC

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Delhi High Court has directed the Central Information Commission to maintain daily order sheets following complaints that while appellants contentions were agreed upon during hearing, these were dismissed when final orders are passed by the transparency panel. “Since the CIC is a quasi-judicial body, this Court was also of the view that its records must […]

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Information on SC benches may arouse regional feelings: CIC

Disclosure of information related to setting of Supreme Court benches outside Delhi may “arouse regional feelings” and create “needless political controversy” resulting in law and order problem, the CIC has held allowing the apex court to withhold it. “We find force in the arguments of the respondent that the information sought, if disclosed at this […]

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Bill to amend RTI Act likely in parliament Monday

The government is Monday likely to introduce in the Lok Sabha a bill to amend the Right to Information (RTI) Act to keep political parties out of its ambit, informed sources said. The issue has been in the limelight after a June 3 Central Information Commission (CIC) order stated that six national political parties would […]

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Activists oppose amendments to RTI Act

Civil society activists are gearing up for an offensive against the government’s proposed legislation to exclude political parties from the ambit of the RTI Act. Besides petitions to parliamentarians, the PM and the President urging them not to support the amendments, activists plan to hold protest demonstrations and even challenge the legislation in court as […]

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