Jammu: Petitioners Monday filed a fresh Miscellaneous Petition seeking appropriate directions to the Chief Secretary, J&K Government, Commissioner/Secretary General Administration Department and Commissioner/Secretary Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs to initiate the process for appointment of Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioner under J&K Right to Information Act, 2009.
In the application filed through Advocate Rahul Raina it has been submitted that J&K Government established State Information Commission under J&K RTI Act, 2009 and Mr. G.R. Sufi was appointed as the founder Chief Information Commissioner and besides this two Information Commissioners namely Dr. S.K. Sharma and Mr. Nazir Ahmed were also appointed. It is further submitted that Dr. S.K. Sharma completed his term as Information Commissioner in October, 2015 whereas Chief Information Commissioner G.R. Sufi also demitted office on 29-02-2016 and presently the Commission is being run by Information Commissioner Nazir Ahmed.
It is further stated in the application that it was incumbent upon the State Government to initiate the process of the appointment of the CIC and the Information Commissioner prior to the completion of their terms but till date the said process has not been kick-started with the result the Information watch dog of the State Government has been rendered headless and almost defunct.
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