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karira

As per local newspaper reports, the SC has granted a Stay on the order of the AP High Court which quashed these appointments.

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Prasad GLN

Is that not expected one ? What about morality of ICs continuing even when HC quashed their appointments >

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akhilesh yadav

Reported by newstelugu.net on Oct. 22, 2013

HC reserves orders on PIL of RTI commissioners | News Telugu

 

HC reserves orders on PIL of RTI commissioners

 

Hyderabad : A division bench comprising Justice Ashutosh Mohunta and Justice Dama Seshadri Naidu of the AP High Court on Tuesday reserved its orders on a PIL challenging the appointments of M Ratan, C Madhukar Raj, S Prabhakar Reddy and P Vijay Babu, as state information commissioners.

 

The bench concluded its hearing on the PIL by CJ Karira and G Bhargavi, social activists of the city.

 

Mr. D V Rao counsel for the petitioners argued that the appointment were in violation of the Section 15 of Right to Information Act and also to the directions of the Supreme Court in Namit Sharma case.

 

He said that the state government did not consider the objections raised by the leader of the Opposition against the appointments and it was also not cited the reasons for the rejection of the other applicants.

 

He told the court that at the time of appointment of M Ratan was in the government service. He said that Vijay Babu openly declared that he was loyal to the Congress. He said that without there being a paper notification the government went ahead with the appointments.

 

Mr. N Sreedhar Reddy, special counsel to the government defending the appointment said that all the grounds raised by the petitioner in the case was already reviewed by the Supreme Court in another case in which this court set aside the appointments of another four information commissioner V Venkateshwarlu, Lam Thanthiya Kumari, S Imtiaz Ahmed and M Vijay Nirmala and stayed the judgment.

 

He said that a person has right to hold any of the office till the date of his appointment as information commissioner and after the appointment he do not have right to hold any other office. The bench said that it will deliver its orders soon.

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akhilesh yadav

Reported by timesofindia.indiatimes.com on Oct 31, 2013

HC dismisses PIL against RTI commissioners - The Times of India

 

HC dismisses PIL against RTI commissioners

 

HYDERABAD: A division bench of the AP High Court on Wednesday dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) that challenged the appointments of M Ratan, C Madhukar Raj, S Prabhakar Reddy and P Vijay Babu as state information commissioners.

The bench comprising Justice Ashutosh Mohunta and Justice Dama Seshadri Naidu pronounced the judgment in the PIL filed by city-based social activists CJ Karira and G Bhargavi. The bench, in its order, stated that a person should quit the post of any office of profit he holds or a political party only after he is appointed as the chief information commissioner or information commissioner.

 

It further said that in the Namit Sharma case, the Supreme Court had not given complete authority to the executive in appointing the CIC or ICs. On the contrary, the apex court made it clear that in every appointment, the constitutional spirit and efficacy of the RTI Act has to be maintained. A panel has to be formed after giving due advertisement for making appointments to the above posts.

 

While dismissing the PIL, the bench also pointed out that the petitioner has not placed any substantial material to demonstrate that there have been extraneous considerations in the said appointments. "The PIL is without merits and deserves to be dismissed", it said.

 

Division bench suspends order of single judge: A division bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice PV Sanjay Kumar of the AP high court on Wednesday suspended an order of a single judge who had directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe against a retired police officer for allegedly possessing disproportionate assets.

 

The bench was dealing with an appeal by G Anjaiah, a retired additional superintendent of police, challenging the order of the single judge granted on October 1, 2013. While allowing a petition by G Durga Rao, a retired employee of Vigilance and Enforcement cell, GHMC, Hyderabad, the single judge had ordered a CBI probe. The petitioner alleged that Anjaiah amassed huge wealth during his tenure in Vigilance and Enforcement cell of the corporation.

 

The bench observed that the contents of the petition are more in nature of public interest and that the single judge has no jurisdiction to deal with such a case. The bench said that the writ petition will be treated as a PIL and an appropriate bench will deal the matter.

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harinder dhingra

I am of the considered view that we should go to Supreme Court to file SLP. There is merit in the case and we have come till here and now we should exhaust all our remedies.

 

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