Monday, May 25, 2015

[rti_india] Delhi High Court directs for distribution of Chief IC’s cases to all ICs to clear the backlog [3 Attachments]

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The Delhi HC has directed the Central Information Commission to redistribute cases pending in the Registry of the Chief IC amongst all the present Commissioners, in order to clear the backlog.

(1) The Hon'ble Delhi High Court in a landmark decision dated 22-5-2015 (copy enclosed) has directed the Central Information Commission to allocate the cases pertaining to the Chief Information Commissioner to all the Information Commissioners, who shall hear them according to the seniority unless priority hearing is necessary.

(2) The High Court has also directed that priority hearing should not only be confined to the cases of Sr. Citizens and Physically Challenged Persons but should also extend to cases of life and liberty and other categories of such cases

(3) The High Court also directed the CIC to maintain a register digitally or otherwise, indicating date of institution and pendency of cases according to their age so that they could be heard chronologically.

(4) The above directions have been issued on the application filed by Shri R.K. Jain consequent upon the failure of the CIC to decide his complaint against Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, President, Indian National Congress for her deliberate failure to comply with the Full Bench decision of CIC to appoint CPIOs and First Appellate Authority under RTI Act, despite the directions dated 22-8-2014 of the Hon'ble Delhi High Court to decide the said complaint within 6 months. The Registrar's communication dated 13-5-2015 refusing to place the matter before the Senior Information Commissioner is also attached. Shri J.K. Mittal, Advocate appeared on behalf of the Writ Petitioner.


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