On an application alleging that Haryana is still making appointments of state information commissioners without setting up any search committee and without presenting a panel of names before the statutory selection committee, the Punjab and Haryana high court has made it clear that the clause of transparency also holds good for Haryana as ordered by the high court earlier in its January 9 orders for Punjab.
The application filed by advocate HC Arora sought the clarification from the high court about its earlier orders of January 9.
The division bench comprising chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and justice Mahesh Grover said that 'omission' to refer to Haryana in the said order was 'inadvertent'.
The earlier orders were issued on the public interest litigation filed by Arora seeking directions to Punjab and Haryana to follow a transparent procedure for selection and appointment of state information commissioners. He had alleged that both states were making appointments on a pick and choose basis.
Disposing off the PIL, the high court had ordered, "It would be the bounden duty of the state to examine whether the norms that are being followed today in the matter of appointment of state information commissioners as well as certain additional norms that the state government may consider appropriate, should find place in the form of a set of rules or not. Such an exercise should be performed by the state so as to ensure fairness in procedure and certainty in public life."