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Writ petition in HC seeks CIC’s removal

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Sajib Nandi

Writ petition in HC seeks CIC’s removal

 

As reported by timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Oct 24, 2011:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/Writ-petition-in-HC-seeks-CICs-removal/articleshow/10467921.cms

 

CHENNAI: A writ petition filed in the Madras high court has claimed that nearly 22,000 appeals and cases under the Right to Information Act with the State Information Commissioner (SIC) had been disposed of without due process of law. The petition sought the removal of the chief information commissioner (CIC) K S Sripathi from the post.

 

Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar, before whom the petition filed by A Sethu came up for hearing last week, has issued notice to the Tamil Nadu governor "subject to the maintainability of the writ petition", returnable in four weeks.

 

According to the petition, the CIC had permitted his stenographers and office assistants to decide as many as 7,000 second appeals and cases under RTI filed between May 25, 2010 and September 7, 2010. He also alleged that another 15,000 second appeals and cases were disposed of without any hearing.

 

The CIC allegedly banned the entry of RTI activists and public in court halls and also blacklisted certain activists from seeking information from the competent officers, the petitioner said.

 

Sethu said that despite several complaints and reminders, the governor did not take any action, and hence the present petition had been filed. He wanted the court to direct the governor to exercise him administrative power on the petitioner's representation under Section 17(3) (d) of the RTI Act and remove the CIC from office in exercise of powers under the provision.

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