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The bench directed the state chief secretary to file a counter affidavit giving reasons for not making the above appointments in spite of giving an undertaking to the court and adjourned the case for two weeks.
On Sept 21 last year, the bench recorded the submissions of the AP advocate general Dammalapati Srinivas that the government has constituted the state information commission and a committee was constituted to appoint the chief information commissioner and three information commissioners in the state and that the process of appointments would be completed within eight weeks. While disposing of the PIL filed by the Forum, the bench directed the AP government to take steps ensuring that the process should be completed within eight weeks. Failure to carry out the court order, the petitioner forum filed the present contempt case. On the earlier occasion, the bench issued notices to the state chief secretary on the issue.
When the matter came up for hearing on Friday, special counsel of AP Ramesh sought two weeks time for filing counter affidavit. Raising an objection to the plea, the petitioner’s counsel urged the court to seek an explanation from the state government for failing to implement the court’s order.
The bench of acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice M Ganga Rao was passing this order in contempt petition by the Forum for Good Governance, an NGO represented by its general secretary M Padmanabha Reddy, complaining that there has been no compliance by the state government till date and no information commissioners were appointed or even proposed so far.