If the Right To Information Act talks about transparency, it should apply even to the selection procedure of the Chief Central Information Commissioner, echoed the RTI activists who would now file a petition with the Delhi High Court.
The appointment of a new chief information commissioner is due after the current chief Wajahat Habibullah has been appointed as state information commissioner in Jammu and Kashmir. Activists are now opposing the process of selection of the new chief that according to them is ‘iniquitous’.
“At present, the selection is not on merit but is based on recommendation and favouritism,” said RTI activist Krishnaraj Rao.
Central Information Commissioner, Shailesh Gandhi told HT: “I have been saying that since the time I was appointed because I feel that even my selection was not done following the right procedure of selection. It’s a democracy and the selection should be transparent.”