Secretaries appointment info can`t be disclosed under RTI

The Delhi High Court has said information pertaining to appointment of top bureaucrats cannot be revealed under the RTI Act.

Updated: Jul 30, 2010, 22:40 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has said
information pertaining to appointment of top bureaucrats
cannot be revealed under the RTI Act.

The court dismissed the plea of RTI activist and
Magsaysay Award winner Arvind Kejriwal`s plea seeking
disclosure of 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.

The court also set aside the order of the Central
Information Commission which had held 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 to provide copies of the documents as
sought by Kejriwal," Justice S Muralidhar said.

Brushing aside the contention of the Centre that the
disclosure would amount to revealing details of an officer,
the CIC had directed the Department of Personnel and
Trainning (DoPT) and the Cabinet Secretariat to disclose
details pertaining to selection of officers for the post of
secretaries and additional secretaries.

-PTI