Thursday, September 30, 2010

[rti_india] SC notice disappears from CIC records


A RTI request from a resident of Bengalaru has thrown the Central Information Commission into panic.

On 6 Sep 2010 the applicant demanded a copy of the contempt notice served on Wajahat Habibullah by the Registrar General of Supreme Court as reported in Times of India dated 4.Jan.2010.

"However, on December 4, 2009, the Supreme Court served him a contempt notice for publishing on the CIC website a detailed reasoned order concerning the need for transparency in the elevation of high court judges  to the SC. The SC said the order lowered the dignity of the court."

The office of CIC is proposing to reply to the applicant that "the contempt notice is not part of the CIC records but is personal to Mr Wajahat Habibullah". The legal officer of the CIC has, however, suggested to the PIO to deny that the information (contempt notice) exists..

The applicant is aggrieved because he was issued the first contempt notice by the CIC for allegedly abusing India's new Chief Information Commissioner A.N Tiwari during a video conference.


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