Supreme Court Recalls Its Order On RTI

The Supreme Court on September 3 recalled an order and admitted that it committed a “mistake of law” by directing that only sitting or retired high court chief justices or an apex court judge could head the central and state information commissions. A bench of justices A K Patnaik and A K Sikri withdrew its order of September 13, last year in which a slew of directions were passed pertaining to appointment of information commissioners.

The court said that not just judges – persons of eminence in science and journalism can be appointed to the RTI commissions. But intricate questions related to law should be tackled by legal experts.


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