New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today upheld
Sahitya Akademi`s decision of nominating three names,
recommended by the Education department of Uttar Pradesh
government, for the General Council of the institution.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice
Manmohan dismissed a petition filed by Dr. Vikram Singh, a
litterateur, challenging the Akademi`s rejection of his name
for the council in 2007.
The court took exception to Singh`s attitude and the
manner in which he had obtained the information from the
Akademi about rejection of his name and approached the court.
"It is understandable that one has the right to seek
information under RTI Act but it is difficult to comprehend
and appreciate the proclivity of a litterateur, claiming
eminence, to chase with such unnecessary anxiety, especially
when the recommendation is for the nomination of a member of a
highly-respected body," said the Bench.
"It may be acceptable in the realm of common aspiration
but it certainly does invite the frown of intellectual and
academic propriety as a disciplined conduct in matters like
this is a categorical imperative," the court added.
The court accepted the arguments of the Akademi`s counsel
that pursuant to the invitation from the literary body, the
Education department of UP government had sent three names,
including that of Singh, for the Council.
However, in another letter, the Akademi was informed by
the Language department of UP government for consideration of
new names sent by it as the Hindi Sansthan comes under it and
under the control of Chief Minister, the lawyer also argued.
He said the Akademi had nominated new names and rejected
the previous names forwarded by the Education department in
The Bench rejected the arguments of Singh`s counsel that
the Akademi has failed to follow the procedure while
nominating the names from Uttar Pradesh.