Appointment of 4 SICs set aside:Supreme Court

Appointment of 4 SICs set aside:Supreme Court

THE HANS INDIA |   Apr 21,2017 , 12:38 AM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court here on Thursday upheld the High Court order setting aside the appointments of four State Information Commissioners (SICs), V Venkateshwarlu, Thantiiya Kumari, Imtiyaz Ahmed and M Vijaya Nirmala in the United AP. The Chief Justice bench headed by Justice J S Keher and consisting of Justice Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kale, who heard the arguments against the High Court order, agreed with the contention that the four appointees had political connections and hence these were not valid. 

Highlights:

  •  Apex court upholds the High Court order that the appointees have political connections and hence they are not valid  
  •   The selection committee for flouted provisions under sections 15 (3), (5) and (6) of Right to Information Act, SC bench says
It also upheld the order of the High Court finding fault with the selection committee for flouting provisions under sections 15 (3), (5) and (6) of Right to Information Act.The appointment was challenged citing the case of Imtiyaz Ahmed who contested the elections on TDP ticket in 2009 against the then Chief Minister K Kiran Kumar Reddy, while Vijaya Nirmala contested from Nuziveedu constituency on Prajarajyam party ticket.

While the petitioners, former Union Home Secretary K Padmanabhaiah, V B J Chelikani and N Padmanabha Reddy, were represented by advocate R Chandrasekhar Reddy, the defendants were represented by advocate Gurukrishna Kumar.