Saturday, December 26, 2009

CIC Selection: Govt of India gives evasive answer to Legal Notice

Delhi, India

Replying to our legal notice served on November 26 ’09 about mandatory disclosures required under Section 4 about CIC Selections, Mr R K Girdhar, Under Secretary (RTI), DoPT, sent a copy-paste of Section 12(3) of RTI Act 2005, and added that minutes of meeting of Prime Minister’s selection committee could be provided upon request.

To this, our advocate Rasheed Qureshi sent a rejoinder – another legal notice -- stating: “You have not addressed the legal requirements called for in the legal notice. You have merely quoted Section 12(3) of the RTI Act, 2005 which is a matter of record and does not need reiteration. Moreover, your offer to provide the minutes of the meeting of the Committee would not absolve you to make mandatory disclosures as per Section 4 of the said Act… I call upon you to make the said disclosures expeditiously, failing which my client(s) shall be constrained to take legal redress through court.”

Read the full legal notice, DoPT’s reply and our rejoinder here:

Report by:

Krishnaraj Rao

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