Centre moves HC against CIC order on law officers

The Centre on Friday moved the Delhi High Court against a CIC order pertaining to law officers.

New Delhi: The Centre on Friday moved the Delhi
High Court against a Central Information Commission order to
it to make public information on whether the government`s law
officers seek prior permission before taking up a private
individual`s case against the state.

On a plea filed by the Legal Affairs Department of Union
Law Ministry against the CIC order to it to disclose the
information, Justice Vipin Sanghi gave a notice to
transparency activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal and sought his
reply by May 2.

The CIC had also asked the government to disclose the
criteria on the basis of which a particular state case is
marked to a law officer.

The Law Ministry had refused to part with the requisite
details to Agrawal saying they do not fall in the category of
`information` as defined under the RTI Act. It had said most
of other information, including the salary, perks pensions of
all the law officers, sought by him have already been put on
the Ministry`s website.

Agrawal had gone to the CIC after he was refused the
information and the CIC had asked the government last June to
give him the specific details sought by him.