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No retired judge selected at CIC

No retired judge selected at CIC despite five having applied and one even shortlisted

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Jun 22 2016 12:49PM | Updated Date: Jun 22 2016 1:38PM

No retired judge selected at CIC
Despite recieving application from five candidates and even shortlisting Ravi R Tripathi for the post of Chief IC/IC in the CIC, no retired judge has been selected at CIC.
 
These judges include Brijendra Mohan Sinha retired Judge, High Court Allahabad, Zaki Ullah Khan retired Judge, High Court Allahabad, Shri Sheo Kumar Singh retired Judge, High Court Allahabad, Brojendra Prasad Katakey retired Judge, High Court of Guwahati and Ravi R Tripathi retired Judge, High Court of Gujarat.
 
 
The information is disclosed in response to the RTI filed by Subhash Chandra Agarwal (Guinness Record Holder & RTI passionist). RK Girdhar (CPIO & Under Secretary) has answered him back, by posting him a letter at his residence.
 
 
Subhash Chandra wanted to seek the information about some retired and/or existing Judges of High Courts and/or Supreme Court ever having applied for posts of Information Commissioner/Chief Information Commissioner at Central Information Commission ever since information may be available on record.
 
 
Also, he did seek information about any retired and/or existing Judges of High Courts and/or Supreme Court having been selected for posts of Information Commissioner/Chief Information Commissioner at Central Information Commission ever since information may be available on record. 
 
 
Also, he wanted complete information on any retired and/or existing Judges of High Courts and/or Supreme Court having been short-listed (like Justice Retired Ravi R Tripathi) for posts of Information Commissioner/Chief Information Commissioner at Central Information Commission ever since information may be available on record,  complete bio-data of any retired and/or existing Judges of High Courts and/or Supreme Court having been short-listed (like Justice Retired Ravi R Tripathi) for posts of Information Commissioner/Chief Information Commissioner at Central Information Commission, complete bio-data of Justice (Retired) Ravi R Tripathi as submitted by/for him while applying for post of Information Commissioner/Chief Information Commissioner at Central Information Commission, complete information together with related file-notings/correspondence/documents etc of Justice (Retired) Ravi R Tripathi not having been finally selected for either of posts of Information Commissioner/Chief Information Commissioner at Central Information Commission.
 
 
He had also asked about complete information about earlier postings held by Justice (Retired) Ravi R Tripathi, complete information on selection of Justice (Retired) Ravi R Tripathi for his earlier postings prior to his having applied for post of Information Commissioner/Chief Information Commissioner at Central Information Commission.
 
 
Apart from these, he asked about file-notings on movement of this RTI-petition.
 
 
Subhash informed that in response to that, the concerned authorities informed him that Brijendra Mohan Sinha retired Judge, High Court Allahabad applied for the post of IC in CIC in 2013.
 
 
Similarly, Zaki Ullah Khan retired Judge, High Court Allahabad applied for the post of Chief IC in CIC in 2014 and Shri Sheo Kumar Singh retired Judge, High Court Allahabad applied for the post of chief.
 
 
Also,  Brojendra Prasad Katakey retired Judge, High Court of Guwahati applied for the post of IC in CIC in 2014 and Ravi R. Tripathi retired Judge, High Court of Gujarat applied for the post of IC and Chief IC in CIC in 2015. 
 
 
Subhash was also informed that no High court/Supreme Court Judge, retired or serving has ever been selected as Chief IC or IC in CIC.
 
 
Apart from these, no other judge except Ravi R. Tripathi has ever been shortlisted for the post of Chief IC/IC in the CIC. However, the Bio-data being personal in nature exempted from disclosure under Section 8(i)(j} of RTI Act. 
 
 
The authorities also enclosed the copy of minutes of the meeting of the Search Committee held on 10.11.2015 & 16.11.2015; 19.1.2016. However,  all the files relating to selection/appointment of Chief IC and ICs in the Central Information Commission are available on the website of this Department and can be accessed at www.persmin.nic.in>DoPT>Right to Information>important files of IR Division. 
 
 
The RTI application of Subhash had been transferred by RTI Cell of this Department to Ministry of Law and Justice, Subhash was informed by the authorities.