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As reported in deccanchronicle.com on 21 April 2011:



New CIC Siby Mathews to be sworn in on Saturday




The much-delayed swearing-in of the Chief Information Commissioner, Mr Siby Mathews, and Information Commissioner, Mr K Natarajan, will take place on Saturday at 12.30 pm at Raj Bhavan.


The Governor, R S Gavai,will administer the oath of office to Mr Mathews, who was DGP, Fire Force and Security, and the DIG, Mr K Natarajan. The date has been fixed to suit the convenience of the Chief Minister, Mr V S Achuthanadan, who was busy with the election campaign.


Mr Gavai had issued the orders even before the elections were announced on March 1. But it was held up for a while by the Election Commission on the basis of complaints that no new appointments could be made after the poll code of conduct had come into force.


The Election Commission cleared the swearing-in, pointing out that the Governor's orders preceded the poll announcement. Petitions were also filed in the High Court against the appointment of Mr Mathews.


This, according to sources, had been at the behest of police officers not happy with his elevation to an office, equivalent to that of the Chief Secretary.


Appointments were based on the recommendation by a panel comprising the Chief Minister, Mr V S Achuthanandan, Home minister, Mr Kodiyeri Balakrishnan and the Opposition leader, Mr Oommen Chandy.


Mr Mathews had taken VRS when he had one more year left in service. He will have a full five-year tenure as the Chief Information Commissioner.


One of the unblemished officers, Mr Mathews had probed many sensational cases, including the Karikkan Villa murder, based on which was made the film, Madrassile Mon.

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