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‘Fill up posts of ten information commissioners’ - The Times of India

 

Times of India, Bhopal

 

‘Fill up posts of ten information commissioners’

TNN | Jan 24, 2013, 06.59 AM IST

 

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh high court on Wednesday directed the state government to initiate process for filling up the 10 vacant posts of information commissioners (ICs) in the state information commission (SIC) within three weeks. The HC also directed the state to provide equal opportunity to all qualified persons in selection process and to keep it transparent.

 

A division bench of the MP high court, Jabalpur, presided by Chief Justice S A Bobade and Justice K K Trivedi issued the order while hearing a PIL filed by RTI activist Ajay Dubey.

 

The PIL highlighted that the government's lethargy in filling up posts of information commissioners led to pendency of over 7,000 applications before the commission. "It violates rights of the citizen to get justice under RTI Act", the litigant noted.

 

The court also directed the state to issue advertisement inviting applications from all concerned after the petitioner, demanded transparency in appointments.

 

Almost all posts of ICs had been lying vacant since 2010 and the state government was turning a deaf ear to several representations on the issue, said the PIL

 

Counsel for the petitioner Siddhartha Radhelal Gupta contended that the government action amounted to throttling transparency law thus, violating citizen's right to know under the Right to Information Act.

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And Jharkhand also....

 

But remember it took Ajay Dubey 2 years to get this order from the MP High Court ! The SIC is empty since 2010.

 

If you visit the MP HC website and search for judgments related to RTI, you will find 15 or 16 in total.

Out of these 10 or 11 are related to petitioners filing WP in the HC ONLY praying for directions for early hearing in SIC. The court should have realised that something was wrong when so many similar WPs are filed before it. However it did not and all those judgments simply say "file a urgent hearing petition before SIC".

All are copy/paste type of judgments.

When there is no CIC or IC in SIC, whom to file a a urgent hearing petition with ?

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I could not get judgement from website of MP HC, may be it would not have been uploaded by now. Judgement is of 23/01/2013. In case no action is taken by Govt, petitioner will have to move contempt petition to bring the issue to its logical conclusion. In Gujarat, HC had ordered appointment of two additional [temporary basis till clearance of back log] ICs on 14-08-2012, but due to election the matter would not have moved. It may now move. Last time in 2010 when late Amit Jethwa obtained such judgement, 2 additional ICs with all staff was appointed well within time. Delay is our national disease and 2 years is nothing, when rape cases are languishing in HCs for more than a decade and one case for 8 years in SC. Time limits are for common citizens and not govts.

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Delay is our national disease and 2 years is nothing, when rape cases are languishing in HCs for more than a decade and one case for 8 years in SC. Time limits are for common citizens and not govts.

 

Just digressing from the main topic......

 

I saw a case decided by the Supreme Court in 2010 which had been originally filed in the Allahabad High Court in 1952 !

That is 58 years before the finality.

 

I am sure that the Hon'ble Judge of the SC, who decided the final matter, was not even born when the original case was filed in the Allahabad HC.

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Appoint Info Commissioners within 3 weeks: High Court | The Freepress Journal

January 24, 2013 12:47:22 AM | By OUR STAFF REPORTER BHOPAL

[h=1]Appoint Info Commissioners within 3 weeks: High Court[/h]Govt directed to issue ads seeking applicationsBhopal: A double bench of chief justice Sharad Arvind Bobde and Justice KK Trivedi issued directives to Madhya Pradesh to fill up vacancies of Information Commissioners in the state within three weeks.The high court asked the government to issue advertisement to call applications from all concerned while hearing a public interest litigation filed by RTI activist Ajay Dubey.The petitioner pleaded that due to disdainful attitude of State Government, all the posts of info commissioners are lying vacant for the last almost one- and- half years, leading to huge pendency of more than 7000 appeals in State Information Commission.

 

Can someone post a copy of the above judgement of Madhya Pardech High Court, Please!!!!!!

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Two threads on the same subject/topic have been merged.

 

 

​Please read the full thread above.

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I could not get judgement from website of MP HC, may be it would not have been uploaded by now. Judgement is of 23/01/2013.

 

Its alteady 26 January 2013 - I am still unable to find it on the website of MPHC. There are three benches at Jabbalpur (main), Indore and Gwalior. Since the above petition was heard by Chief Justice, It could be in Jabbalpur Bench. But I am unable to locate it. Will abybody else try it. Thanks. The Punjab Information Commission is looking for it and requested me to provide the same.

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The Punjab Information Commission is looking for it and requested me to provide the same.

 

The Punjab SIC seems to be suddenly getting interested in court judgments !

What has happened to it to generate this sudden interest ?

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I am after it. I have started their education series. you are also reciving ny mails. I also argue with them and I meet the Ics (off court) to discuss the things. I suddenly ask for the inspection of the office record and request documents from the file as well as I send them feedbacks. I compare the working of different Information Commissions and point out the drawback in Punjab Information Commission's working. I have benn instrumental in filing a number of CWPs against the Commission and a couple of Consumer Cases against the PIO of Commission. A couple of petitions for rhe dismissal of the Commissioners and one case is in High Court. They are just on their toes. I am just keeping them amused with the Namit Sharma Judgement, every now and then.

 

So please get me that that Madhya Pardesh HC Judgement.

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The Particulas of Ajay Dubey are as under:

 

 

Ajay Dubey

LIG-2, BDA Flats, Sector-C,

Shahpura, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

0755-2428187

 

 

Some one may contact him and get the copy of Judgement

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Still no information.

 

Some one from MP may please take the initiative to get in touch with Mr. Dubey and get the copy of the Order and post it here, please!!

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The Judgement of the Madhya Pardesh High Court (courtesy Mr. Ajay Dubey) is attached. This is an interem order of the High Court and the next date has been fixed for 18 February 2013.

MP High Court Order.jpg

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