Thursday, May 27, 2010

Re: [rti_india] Re: Delhi HC impact: CIC emerges divided house

AS per one media report Mr. Habibullah decides against taking this to
Supreme Court.

Days after the Delhi High Court sought to curb the autonomy of the
Central Information Commission by holding that it had no power to
frame the June 2007 rules to regulate its functioning, its chief
Wajahat Habibullah said that the Commission would continue to function
in the same manner and that the Attorney General has assured that the
rules were in sync with the laws.

Denying any possibility of moving the Supreme Court against the
verdict, he said the Commission has asked the Centre to expedite its
request to notify rules in the official gazette, thereby according
legal sanction.

In a stance not in tandem with what the court ruled on May 21,
Habibullah said the rules were never in violation of the RTI Act or
that the CIC lacked the power to frame them. "I spoke to Attorney
General G E Vahanvati today and discussed at length the repercussions
of the HC verdict. He told me that the rules were not in violation of
the RTI Act. He assured me that Section 12 of the Act empowered the
CIC to frame the impugned regulations," Habibullah said.


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