The Supreme Court expressed concern over the vacancies in Central Information Commission and State Information Commissions on Thursday (July 27). The court has directed the Center and the seven states to submit affidavits within four weeks and tell how much time the vacancies will be on vacancies. A bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan said that four posts in the Central Information Commission are vacant and four more will be vacant by December.
The bench wanted to know from the center that despite the advertisement in 2016, the posts in the Central Information Commission are still vacant. Additional Solicitor General Pinki Anand on behalf of the Center said that the advertisement was issued for the four posts in the Central Information Commission This is because since 2016 the appointments were not made to these posts. On this, the bench told Anand that despite the advertisement in 2016, filing affidavits with the reasons for not having appointments on these posts.
Expressing concern over the increasing number of pending cases in state information commissions, the bench directed the Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Gujarat, Kerala and Karnataka to file affidavits. These affidavits will also have to give a program of appointments on vacancies. The apex court said that the submission of affidavit within four weeks will be taken seriously by the Central or the States.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, on behalf of RTI activist Anjali Bhardwaj, said that the Center has issued an advertisement for the appointments of four vacant posts in the Central Information Commission on the day of the hearing and their attitude is revealed. He said that till December, four posts, including Chief Information Commissioner, who is retiring, will be vacant.
On this, the bench said, “Do not be disturbed, we will ensure that all vacancies are recruited.” The court directed the list to be listed four weeks later and said that after this, anyone can file an affidavit No extra time will be given for.
RTI activist Bhardwaj, Commodore (Service) Lokesh Batra and Amrita Johri have claimed in the petition that more than 23,500 appeals and complaints are pending in the Central Information Commission. It has also been said in the petition that Andhra Pradesh’s State Information Commission is completely stalled because there is no appointment of a Commissioner of Information, while the West Bengal State Information Commission has two Information Commissioners who filed appeals and complaints filed ten years ago. Are hearing over.