Centre moves HC against CIC order on 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.