New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday
sought Centre`s response on a petition challenging its order
that information pertaining to appointment of top bureaucrats
cannot be revealed under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and
Justice Sanjiv Khanna issued notice to the Department of
Personnel and Training (DOPT) and sought its reply by July 14
on an appeal against an order passed by a single-becnh judge
of the court last year.
The petition was filed by RTI activist and Magsaysay
Award winner Arvind Kejriwal who sought a direction to the
government to provide him the information on the ground that
people had the right to know as to what was the grade assigned
to an officer who was empanelled.
Kejriwal said he was allowed to inspect files
pertaining to appointment of secretaries, deputy secretaries
in different ministries but he was not supplied with
photocopies of the documents.
Being aggrieved with it, Kejriwal had moved the
Central Information Commission (CIC) which had rejected the
the government`s argument that the disclosure would amount to
invasion in the privacy of an officer while directing the
DoOPT and the cabinet secretariat to disclose details
pertaining to selection of officers for the posts of
secretaries and additional secretaries on June 12, 2008.
Challenging the CIC findings, the Centre had moved
the Delhi High Court and the single-judge bench had set aside
the order and rejected Kejriwal`s plea that information
relating to appointment of secretaries in different ministries
falls within the ambit of the transparency law.
"This court holds that the CIC was not justified in
overruling the objection of the centre and directing the
government and the DoPT (Department of Personnel and Training)
to provide copies of the documents as sought by Kejriwal," the
single judge bench had said.