Information Commissioner

  • CIC, Information Commissioners take oath in Raj Bhawan February 12, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav on Tuesday administered oath of office to the newly appointed Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of the State and four Information Commissioners. KD Khan has been appointed CIC, while Gopal Krishna Dandotiya, Atmadeep, Jai Kishan Sharma and Hiralal Trivedi have been named Commissioners. The Governor administered...
  • UP Information commissioners' appointment challenged in court January 4, 2014

    A day after the Uttar Pradesh government appointed eight information commissioners, the decision was challenged before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court (HC). In a writ petition, Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Amitabh Thakur, among the 600 plus applicants for the eight posts, alleged that the selection process was...
  • Sushma Singh to take over as Chief Information Commissioner December 5, 2013

    Sushma Singh, the senior most Information Commissioner, will be the next Chief Information Commissioner of India and will succeed Deepak Sandhu, who completes her term. The decision on appointing Singh, a former IAS officer, as the next CIC was taken unanimously by a panel comprising Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of...
  • Does Right To Information frighten political parties? September 5, 2013

    Most of the major political parties except the BJD, TMC and CPI, are keen to pass the RTI Amendment Bill, which aims at keeping political parties out of the RTI ambit. In June 2013, the Chief Information Commissioner's office had passed an order saying political parties should come under the...
  • Deepak Sandhu takes oath as new CIC September 5, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday administered oath of office to Deepak Sandhu who became the first woman Chief Information Commissioner of the Central Information Commission. A former Indian Information Service officer of 1971 batch, Sandhu has served at many key positions like Principal Director General (Media and Communications) Press...
  • People with non-judicial background can be appointed as CIC members: SC September 3, 2013

    New Delhi: Reviewing its earlier decision on the appointment of state and central Chief Information Commissioners, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said that even people with non-judicial background can be appointed as members of CIC. It was a mistake of law, SC said while withdrawing its order on the appointment of...
  • Madras High Court stays CIC's notice to BCCI over RTI Act July 26, 2013

    Chennai: Madras High Court has stayed the Central Information Commissioner's (CIC) proceedings on declaring the Indian cricket board as a public authority under the RTI Act. The stay was granted by Justice KK Sasidharan while passing interim orders on Wednesday on a petition by the Board of Control for Cricket in...
  • Mamata justifies CIC's RTI decision June 5, 2013

    Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday came out in support of the Central Information Commission (CIC) order on bringing political parties under the RTI ambit. "Political parties should function in a transparent manner and the public has the right to be informed about their functioning and funding. There...
  • May move court against CIC's ruling: MoS PMO June 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Opposition is growing against the Central Information Commission's order to bring political parties under jurdisdiction of the Right to Information Act. Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy on Tuesday refused to rule out the possibility of moving court against the ruling. "We will see...
  • RTI objectives can't be allowed to run riot: Khurshid June 4, 2013

    New Delhi: As the Central Information Commission (CIC) on Monday held that political parties are answerable under the Right to Information Act, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said it is important to "keep practical control of RTI objectives as they can't be allowed to run riot". Answering a query on the...
  • All political parties come under the ambit of the RTI Act: CIC June 3, 2013

    New Delhi: In a landmark decision, the Chief Information Commissioner ruled on Monday that all political parties come under the ambit of the Right to Information Act. The ruling provides for greater transparency in the working of the political parties as now the public has the right to get information...
  • Kerala Governor suspends Information Commissioner November 12, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor H R Bhardwaj has suspended state Information Commissioner K Natarajan for allegedly intervening in the land-gift case involving CPM stalwart V S Achuthanandan. Action against Natarajan, a former DIG of police, was taken on the basis of the recommendation made by the state Government following a police...
  • Did ASI not comply with CIC directive on Babri? April 8, 2012

    New Delhi: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has apparently not complied with the directives of Central Information Commission (CIC) to make public its detailed report on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya. Chief Information Commissioner Satyananda Mishra had directed the ASI to either disclose its report of the disputed...
  • CIC writes to PM on move to change RTI Act March 29, 2012

    New Delhi: Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh opposing the proposed move to exempt nuclear regulatory bodies from the ambit of the Right To Information Act. In his letter to the PM, Gandhi opposed the proposals in the Nuclear Safety Regulation Act (NSRA) relating to...
  • The slow death of the RTI Act February 11, 2011

    And you thought you could get information from the State using the RTI Act? Take your place in the line behind thousands of frustrated citizens. The government is considering changes to the Right To Information Act (RTI) that activists feel could dilute the power of the Act. Former Chief Justice of...
  • Adarsh scam: Maha info chief submits leave plea January 5, 2011

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Information Commissioner Ramanand Tiwari, whose son owns a flat in the controversial Adarsh Housing Society here, has submitted his leave application to the Governor, amid demand by the opposition for his ouster. "Tiwari had submitted leave application to the Governor, who is yet to take any decision...
  • Forbes India: Politicians benefit from RTI, says ex-CIC December 3, 2009

    Wajahat Habibullah, who resigned as Chief Information Commissioner, tells Forbes India that bureaucrats are slowly becoming more transparent. Name: Wajahat Habibullah Title: Chief Information Commissioner of the Indian government (resigned in October 2009) Age: 65 Career: Deputy Commissioner Poonch and Srinagar J&K 1973-77, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir 1990-91 & 93, Minister, Community Affairs and Education,...
  • PM, Advani to choose new information chief today November 20, 2009

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, leader of Opposition LK Advani and Law Minister M Veerappa Moily are expected to meet on Friday evening to finalise who India's new chief information commissioner will be. Present Information Commissioner MM Ansari and Right to Information (RTI) activist Shekhar Singh are the frontrunners for...
  • Activists, celebs root for Kiran Bedi as new CIC November 3, 2009

    New Delhi: The post of Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) has been vacant after the resignation of Wajahat Habibullah. Among the many prospective successors to fill the post is India’s first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi whose name is being proposed by well-known personalities such as Aamir Khan, Anna Hazare and...
  • Aamir, activists want Kiran Bedi as RTI watchdog November 1, 2009

    New Delhi: Actor Aamir Khan and social activist Anna Hazare are among several people who have urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to appoint the country's first woman IPS officer, Kiran Bedi, as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC). Besides Hazare and Aamir Khan, Zee television owner Subhash Chandra and Magsaysay awardees Arvind...