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PM to meet Advani on Tuesday to decide on new CIC head

india Updated: Oct 26, 2009 15:19 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to meet Leader of Opposition LK Advani on Tuesday to discuss appointent of a new Chief Information Commissioner as the incumbent Wajahat Habibullah has resigned.

Official sources said that the three member committee comprising the Prime Minister, Advani and Law Minister Veerappa Moily is likely to meet on Tuesday to discuss the matter.

Minister of State for Personnel and Training Prithviraj Chavan is also likely to be present during the meeting as RTI comes under his Ministry.

Habibullah, will be joining as the first State Information Commissioner in Jammu and Kashmir where the state government has recently constituted the Commission once his resignation is accepted by the President.

The Commissioner was to take the oath of his new office today but could not do so as he was asked by the Government to continue till his successor is decided.

"I was planning to take oath of office today but I have been asked to continue till the new Chief Information Commissioner is decided. I cannot join the new office until relieved from my duties here," Habibullah told PTI.

As per the law, the charge of the CIC cannot be handed over to any other person on ad hoc basis. Even if Habibullah wishes to do so, the new person's name needs to be ratified by the three-member committee.