Appointment of Information Commrs unconstitutional, alleges Ajay Singh 

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Oct 2018 13:22:34


Staff Reporter,

LEADER of Opposition Ajay Singh has opposed the Government’s recommendation to the Governor for appointment of five Information Commissioners. He has dubbed appointments as unconstitutional and submitted a memorandum in the name of Governor and demanded action. Moreover, he also filed a complaint with the Lokayukta. In the memorandum, he said that Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Narottam Mishra selected names for five posts of Information Commissioners in his absence and also by going against the norms.

The appointments made are totally unconstitutional. He also accused the Government of not giving importance to his suggestion that a panel should be made to shortlist candidates on merit basis and should be presented before meeting. Under Section 15 (3) of RTI Act-2005, selection committee including CM, Leader of Opposition, Cabinet Minister ponder over the name and recommend a candidate for selection. This committee was formed on March 22, 2017. Before meeting of this committee, he raised objection citing that Supreme Court directives have been not followed. Meanwhile, he could not attend the meeting on October 1 as he was in Delhi.

In this meeting, which was not part of CM’s schedule earlier and later schedule was amended for the meeting, recommended five names for Information Commissioners post to Governor. He said as meeting was held in his absence hence its decision to appoint five Information Commissioners is unconstitutional. He requested the Governor to take legal action in the case. He also reached Lokayukta and accused that posts have been misused in appointments made on Information Commissioners post.