Activist moves court on top bureaucrats’ selection process

September 11th, 2008 - 9:05 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 11 (IANS) RTI activist Arvind Kejriwal Thursday approached the Delhi High Court against the central government for not giving details on the procedure for selection of bureaucrats for top posts. The Central Information Commission June 12 directed the department of personnel and training (DoPT) and the Cabinet Secretariat to disclose details pertaining to selection of officers for the post of secretaries and additional secretaries at the central government.

Colin Gonsalves, appearing for Kejriwal, submitted that he approached court as the central government had not complied with the CIC’s directions and the transparency panel had no power to punish for contempt of its order.

Justice G.S. Sistani asked the central government to inform the court Sep 23 of the reasons for not following CIC’s directions.

The three-member CIC bench had directed the government to reveal the grading of officers who are considered for posts of secretaries and additional secretaries.

The commission directed the DoPT and the Cabinet Secretariat to allow inspection of relevant files concerning empanelment of additional secretaries and secretaries to the government of India, the CIC had said.

Kejriwal, a Magsaysay Award winner, had sought disclosure of information, contending that it was in the larger public interest as the people had the right to know as to what was the grade assigned to an officer who has been empanelled.

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