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Has the appeallant any choice to choose SIC for appeal


I need help from the RTI India members to know if there is any way of choosing the SIC to whom to appeal or the appeals are divided among the SICs based on their work division. Also when does the bench take up the appeal? Is it possible to make an appeal against the decison given by SIC if not satisfied? Please clarify.


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You have no choice of selection (I presume that what is meant by you is different Informations Commissioners under SIC or CIC). Presently there is no system to know as to when the bench take up the appeals. Second appeals of more than 6 months old are still pending with CIC and those of 18 moths are pending with some of the SICs. If you are not satisfied with the decision given by SIC, you can approach High Courts or even Supreme Court.

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Tank you Colnrkurup for the clarification. Please also clarify on when does a bench of CIC or SIC take up any appeal instead of a single commissioner dealing with the appeal?



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Tank you Colnrkurup for the clarification. Please also clarify on when does a bench of CIC or SIC take up any appeal instead of a single commissioner dealing with the appeal?




The fullbench of CIC takes up a Second Appeal when the matter is considered important.

Normally , at least in the CIC, the workload is divided as per departments. This can be seen at: Central Information Commission


Some other SIC's also divide work as per departments.

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