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Information Commissioners wrote to CJI NV Ramana, appealed to take cognizance of the decisions of the High Court staying the orders of RTI bodies

सूचना आयुक्तों ने CJI एनवी रमणा को लिखा पत्र, RTI निकायों के आदेशों पर रोक लगाने वाले हाईकोर्ट के फैसलों पर संज्ञान लेने की अपील की

The commissioners have demanded the court to accept the letter as a suo motu petition and issue appropriate directions to make RTI effective as per the constitution.

Chief Justice (CJI) NV Ramana (File photo)

Information commissioners have written a letter to CJI NV Ramana against the stay of the orders of RTI bodies by various High Courts. The Information Commissioners have asked the court to take suo motu cognizance of the letter and issue appropriate directions to make RTI effective as per the Constitution.

Fifteen sitting and retired Information Commissioners (ICs) have written a letter to Chief Justice of India NV Ramana against various High Court orders in their writs to stay orders passed by ICs under the Right to Information Act (RTI Act). The jurisdiction has been invoked regularly.

The commissioners have demanded the court to accept the letter as a suo motu petition and issue appropriate directions to make RTI effective as per the constitution.

‘High Court stays the orders of the Information Commission without giving any reason’

According to the letter, section 23 of the RTI Act provides that “no court shall entertain any suit, application or other proceeding in respect of any order made under this Act and any such order shall be appealed.” otherwise will not be called in question.

Despite this, several High Courts stay the orders of the Information Commission without assigning any reason, the letter said. This includes orders for disclosure of information as well as imposition of fines.

At the same time, earlier the Supreme Court had directed to file status reports regarding vacant posts in several State Information Commissions and pending appeals in Information Commission, including Kerala, Odisha, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland and Telangana.

The court had reprimanded the Maharashtra government for not filling up the vacant posts in the State Information Commission. The Supreme Court had said that out of 11 posts of Information Commission, 4 posts are vacant. Also directed that all the posts should be filled in three weeks. Summons will be issued against the Chief Secretary for non-compliance of the order.

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