The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday ordered the state government to appoint more information commissioners in the state.
Acting on a public interest litigation (PIL), the division bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Mahesh Grover, have asked the government to comply with the order within four weeks.
In his PIL, Aseem Takyar, a Gurgaon-based RTI activist had sought directions from the court for filling up all seven vacancies in the State Information Commission (SIC).
Takyar submitted that out of the 10 sanctioned posts, only three — one chief information commissioner and three information commissioners are working in the state.
“The hearing of cases filed under the RTI Act are getting delayed due to the vacancies,” he said. “I’ve come to know through the RTI Act that 2,500 cases are pending before the SIC.”
In cases where the life and liberty of a person is involved, the information officer is required to reply within 48 hours.