Appoint Person Of Eminence As State CIC In Future: Uttarakhand High Court

Noting that all the chief information commissioners appointed were former chief secretaries, the Uttarakhand High Court has observed that there is no such requirement that a former Chief Secretary can only be appointed as State Chief Information Commissioner.

A division bench of Justice UC Dhyani, and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia made this observation while dismissing a challenge against the appointment of State Chief Information Commissioner. The petitioner had contended before the court that the office of the State Chief Information Commissioner has become the ‘dumping ground’ for retired bureaucrats, who are rewarded for their loyalty to the state government. When the appointment itself is a reward for loyalty, then the fairness and credibility of such appointee itself becomes doubtful, he contended before the court.

As carried in RTI

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